TMJ

Savannah Dental

Cosmetic Dentistry & General Dentistry located in Savannah, GA

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can cause significant pain as well as problems with jaw function. The expert team at Savannah Dental has the skills and experience needed to diagnose and treat TMJ disorders and have helped many in and around Savannah, Georgia, find lasting relief from TMJ. Booking your appointment is as simple as a phone call or a visit to the online scheduling tool.

TMJ Q & A

What is TMJ?

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is the term used to describe problems in the joint that connects your skull and jawbone. The condition is also commonly referred to as TMD. Researchers are not always able to determine the cause of TMJ disorders.

Your temporomandibular joint enables jaw movement and is critical for actions like eating, speaking, and yawning. When you consider the frequent movement and pressure placed on your temporomandibular joint, it comes as no surprise that the joint can experience problems from time to time. 

Some of the potential causes of TMJ disorders include:

  • Arthritis
  • Traumatic injury
  • Grinding or clenching your teeth  
  • Stress that tightens facial muscles
  • Problems with the disc that cushions the joint

TMJ disorders are most common in people from 20-40 years of age, and women are more likely to experience TMJ disorders than men. Patients have access to a dental professional with Pankey Institute training in TMJ disorders.

How do I know if I have a TMJ disorder?

Jaw pain is the most common symptom of TMJ disorders. The discomfort can range from mild to severe, and it can be steady or intermittent.

Some additional signs of TMJ disorders include:

  • Sensation of fatigue in facial muscles
  • Trouble chewing
  • Popping or clicking sounds when you open or close your mouth
  • Swelling on one side of your face
  • Inability to fully open your mouth

If you notice these changes, come see the team at Savannah Dental for a thorough diagnostic evaluation.  

What are some treatment options for TMJ disorders?

If your dental team determines you have TMJ, you’ll learn about all available treatment options to help you make an informed decision about your care. Dental appliances are a common treatment option. These are devices that fit comfortably inside your mouth and alter your bite. 

By changing your jaw alignment, dental appliances remove some of the strain placed on your jaw. They can also help protect your teeth from damage if nighttime teeth grinding is an issue. 

The Savannah Dental team also relies on transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) technology to relieve jaw discomfort. This treatment uses low-level electrical current to prompt your jaw muscles to relax.    

BotoxⓇ injections are another treatment option and can provide temporary relief by altering muscle function in and around the affected joint. Your provider conducts a comprehensive bite analysis, which allows your team to evaluate the way your teeth fit together and can help guide your treatment path. 

If you’re concerned about jaw pain or other symptoms of TMJ disorders, call the office to set up a visit. Savannah Dental also offers online scheduling, making it easy to find a time that fits your busy life.