The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the hinges connecting your jawbone to your skull.
Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) can happen when the muscles controlling jaw function spasm. Yet, TMD can also happen when there is something wrong with the anatomy of your TMJ. Request an appointment with one of our TMJ dentists to learn more about your condition.
Causes of TMD
The main causes of TMD are stress, muscle strain, joint damage, and joint inflammation. In some cases, the jaw joint disc might even be out of place. Call us as soon as possible if you think you might be grinding your teeth at night as this can worsen jaw pain. Our TMJ dentists are able to create a night guard for teeth grinding.
The sooner you call our TMJ dentists, the sooner we can help you find jaw pain relief. We understand how much a TMD can impact your life, especially in the long run. Getting a night guard could be the only thing you need to wake up without pain. Yet, you’ll never know if you don’t schedule an appointment with our TMJ dentists in Grandville, MI.
You may needif you experience:
- Jaw pain
- Difficulty or pain while chewing
- Jaw locking
- Popping or grinding noises when opening your mouth
Our first step is to determine if you indeed have TMD and what type you have. Depending on your medical history, we may recommend the following types of:
- Resting your jaw
- Using muscle relaxants and/or anti-inflammatory medication
- Wearing a night guard or bite splint
- Having x-rays taken of your jaw
- Seeking surgery (as a last resort)
Our TMJ dentists in Grandville, MI are accepting new patients. Dr. Larissa Bishop and Dr. Rebecca Vander Baan are ready to help you find relief from jaw pain. To request an appointment, call the Grandville Dental Health Center at (616) 531-0360.