TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorder is a painful condition caused by a misalignment of your jaw. Depending on how your symptoms manifest, your TMJ may go undetected. It takes a skilled dentist to notice when aches and pains in other areas of your body could be the result of this disorder.
At Scavuzzo Dental Care, we take a holistic approach to your oral health. When you visit us for routine cleanings, Dr. Scavuzzo will ask you questions about your overall health and assess your bite pattern and jaw movements to determine if you have TMJ.
If you’re struggling with jaw pain, recurring headaches or other TMJ-related symptoms, we can help you find relief. Call 303-741-2727 or use the form on this page to schedule an appointment with us. Scavuzzo Dental Care serves patients in Centennial and Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
Symptoms of TMJ
Your temporomandibular joints sit on each side of your jaw and connect your skull with your jawbone. These joints are responsible for opening and closing your mouth. When the discs, ligaments, muscles or bones connecting to your temporomandibular joints aren’t working properly, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Jaw pain or sensitivity
- Jaw clicking, popping or grinding
- Swelling of the jaw or face
An irritated, overworked jaw can make everyday activities, including talking, drinking and chewing, difficult. It can also put undue stress on other areas of your body, causing additional symptoms. Other signs of TMJ include:
- Neck, back and shoulder aches
- Eye pressure and pain
- Poor posture
- Chronic headaches and earaches
- Ringing in the ears
With such a wide range of uncomfortable symptoms, TMJ can negatively affect your quality of life. Schedule your complimentary consultation at Scavuzzo Dental Care to begin your journey toward a pain-free existence.
Causes of TMJ
While misalignment of the temporomandibular joints and surrounding structures is often the cause of TMJ, the disorder can have other sources as well. A proper diagnosis is the best way for us to effectively treat your condition.
Common causes of TMJ include:
- Stress and anxiety
- Teeth grinding and clenching
- Sleep apnea
- Poor bite pattern
- Injury to the jaw, face, neck and head
- Slouching and bad posture
During your initial consultation, Dr. Scavuzzo will ask you to detail your symptoms and then observe your jaw’s range of motion. He may order digital dental X-rays, a CT scan or an MRI to gain an in-depth understanding of how your teeth, temporomandibular joints and neighboring muscles and bones move together.
Your TMJ Treatment Options
TMJ rarely goes away on its own. While anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxers can help relieve immediate pain, a long-term solution should target your neuromuscular system.
Depending on the cause of your TMJ, Dr. Scavuzzo may recommend one of the following treatment methods:
- Occlusal appliances: A customized dental orthotic or mouthgaurd will help reposition your jaw and prevent teeth grinding and clenching.
- Orthodontics: Correcting your bite with orthodontics can reduce strain on your temporomandibular joints.
- Full mouth reconstruction: Reshaping your teeth with dental restorations, such as crowns, bridges and dental implants, can relieve pressure on your jaw.
Dr. Scavuzzo can help you determine the right option for your unique circumstances.
Get TMJ Relief in Centennial, CO
Your comfort is our top priority. If you’re suffering from TMJ pain, call 303-741-2727 or use the form on this page to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Scavuzzo. Scavuzzo Dental Care serves patients in Centennial and Highlands Ranch, Colorado.