The TMJ is the temporomandibular joint, or the joint that connects the lower jaw to the rest of the head. The term “TMJ” is often used to refer to TMJ disorder, also called TMD, which occurs when the jaw joint becomes stressed, injured, or misaligned. TMJ disorder may result due to several different factors, such as stress, bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), arthritis in the TMJ, or trauma and injury to the head, neck, or jaw.
You may suffer from TMD if you experience frequent jaw pain or facial pain. TMJ disorders may also cause:
Our dentist can help you determine the cause of your TMJ disorder and recommend the appropriate treatment. Treatment for the TMJ will depend on the cause and severity of your TMJ disorder. TMD treatment may include jaw and facial relaxation exercises, lifestyle changes, restorative dental treatments, a mouth guard or night guard, or jaw surgery.
Jaw pain, stiffness in the temporomandibular joints, and frequent headaches are signs that you should visit Finesse Dental Care for TMJ treatment. Drs. Hever and Stout can help you find the relief you need through customized treatments that address the root cause, not just the symptoms. Please call our office at (805) 742-4749 today and schedule an appointment with our dentists if you believe you would benefit from treatment for the TMJ in Westlake Village, California.