TMJ Specialist

Integrity Dental of Greenwich

Dentists located in Greenwich, CT

If you frequently wake up with headaches, jaw pain, or facial pain, you might have a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. The dentists at Integrity Dental of Greenwich in Greenwich, Connecticut, diagnose TMJ disorders and provide customized treatments to relieve your pain and other symptoms. Call Integrity Dental of Greenwich or make an appointment online today.

TMJ Q & A

What is TMJ?

Your TMJ is the hinge joint where your lower jaw joins your upper jaw and skull. If you have a problem with your TMJ, you will experience symptoms including:

  • Jaw pain
  • Facial pain
  • Earaches
  • Headaches
  • Pain or difficulty when chewing
  • Stiffness or locking in the TMJ joint, making it hard for you to open your mouth or chew

You might notice a clicking or grinding sound in your jaw when you eat or open or close your mouth. If you have persistent pain in your jaw that prevents you from opening your mouth the whole way, you should make an appointment at Integrity Dental of Greenwich for diagnosis and treatment.

What causes TMJ disorders?

Many factors can contribute to TMJ disorders, and, in some cases, it’s challenging for your dentist to identify the specific cause of your pain and other symptoms. However, some of the common causes of TMJ problems include:

  • Misalignment of your jaw
  • Erosion of the cartilage in the joint from arthritis
  • Damage from an injury

Your risk of TMJ disorders increases if you have arthritis, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. You’re also more likely to develop TMJ issues if you clench or grind your teeth while you sleep or during the day as a result of stress or tension.

How are TMJ disorders diagnosed?

Talk to your dentist about any headaches, facial pain, or jaw stiffness during your routine checkup. Your dentist examines your teeth for signs of grinding – also referred to as bruxism. They will gently move your jaw to assess your range of motion, feel for any swelling, and listen for clicking or grinding sounds.

Your dentist can also use digital X-rays or other diagnostic imaging tests to get a clear look at your bones and connective tissues in your jaw.

How are TMJ disorders treated?

Treatment for a TMJ problem depends on its severity and the condition causing it. Your dentist could recommend that you take anti-inflammatory medicines to reduce swelling in your jaw or use hot and cold compresses to relieve tension or soothe swelling.

If your TMJ problems are due to a habit of grinding your teeth or an alignment issue, your dentist will likely recommend that you wear a mouthguard or brace while you sleep. The appliances can hold your jaw in the correct position and prevent grinding, which damages your teeth and creates tension in your jaw.

Call Integrity Dental of Greenwich today or make an appointment online for customized treatment for TMJ disorders.