Treating TMJ Disorder

Chronic oral and facial pain is more common than many patients realize, and often indicates a jaw dysfunction known as TMJ disorder (temporomandibular joint disorder). Your TMJs connect your lower jaw, or mandible, to your skull, and are the most frequently used joints in your entire body. When the joints are damaged, inflamed, misaligned, or otherwise disturbed, the resulting discomfort can become severely debilitating.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

Because TMJ disorder can disturb the trigeminal nerves that control your jaw’s movement, the symptoms of the dysfunction can range from jaw and head pain to an inability to open and close your mouth. Specifically, common symptoms of TMJ disorder can include;

  • Popping or clicking sensations when you move your jaw
  • Spasms in your jaw, face, neck, or shoulder muscles
  • Swelling on one or both sides of your face
  • Chronic headaches, including migraines
  • Pain and ringing in one or both ears (tinnitus)
  • Locked jaw (inability to open or close your mouth)
  • And more

Treating TMJ disorder often involves the use of a custom-designed oral appliance, or nightguard, that helps your jaw rest in a more comfortable position. The realignment can allow your jaw’s joints to heal, alleviating the discomfort associated with jaw dysfunction.

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Located in Austin, MN, the doctors and staff at Potach and Mitchell Dental Clinic are dedicated to delivering the highest-quality dental treatment to every patient and their families. Our goal is to make your life easier and more enjoyable by providing top-notch general, cosmetic, and restorative treatments that help keep your smile strong, healthy, and beautiful for life. To learn more, or to schedule a personal consultation with one of our dental health experts, call the Potach and Mitchell Dental Clinic in Austin, MN today at (507) 437-6312.