You may have heard about TMJ from friends, family, or co-workers in the past but not understood the condition until you started to experience some of its most common symptoms yourself. If so, one of your first questions might even be about what the acronym of TMJ stands for. As a leader in healthy dentistry, we’re happy to provide information about causes and treatments for TMJ near you from the team at Renee Kurtz DMD.
The term TMJ is an acronym for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome. The temporomandibular joint is located in your skull and connects your jaw to your skull. And like other joints in your body such as your elbow and wrist, it requires a certain level of flexibility to function at peak performance. When that fluidity becomes compromised, several symptoms such as pain, popping noises, swelling, and limited range of motion may ensue.
Some of the most common reasons for TMJ pain include an old impact injury, genetics, stress, arthritis, and teeth grinding. And although the exact reason for your discomfort or limited mobility in your jaw may not be fully understood, there is universal agreement that treatment should begin by seeing a dentist near you like Dr. Kurtz and her team.
Like your other joints when they are in a state of distress, your temporomandibular joint may respond to therapies such as physical therapy and mobility braces. When you visit our dentist for a consultation and treatment plan for your TMJ symptoms, you’ll learn more about dental therapies such as occlusal equilibration for joint stabilization and nightguard wear for targeted treatment.
Most patients experience long-term relief from their TMJ discomfort after occlusal equilibration treatment and/or nightguard wear prescribed by our dentist; however, if your condition requires more advanced treatment such as oral surgery, we happily facilitate a referral to ensure you receive the same standard of care that you’ve come to know from our dentist and team.
Instead of continuing to struggle through the pain and discomfort that you’re experiencing from your undiagnosed TMJ in Cheshire, why not make an appointment now using our convenient online booking tool to move one step closer to achieving the pain-free smile you deserve?