If you have trouble or feel pain when trying to open or close your jaw to speak or chew, this could point to issues with the joints in your jaw. Known as the temporomandibular joints (or TMJs), they can act up for a variety of reasons. Whether problems with your jaw joints happen because of stress-related tension, grinding, jaw clenching, traumatic injury or misalignment or even aging, you may find yourself coping with TMJ or Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD).
You might have TMJ problems if you:
- Hear a clicking or popping noise whenever you open and close your mouth
- Feel pain when you try to open your mouth wide
- Frequently experience lockjaw
- Feel jaw pain when chewing or biting
- Experience pain your neck, shoulders or ears
- Get frequent headaches
The Doppler Method
These are all signs you may have a TMJ disorder, but before you can be treated, an evaluation must be made to pinpoint the problem and how bad it is. Our team at Sierra Oaks Dental in Sacramento, CA, is pleased to be able to use the Doppler method to accurately and comfortably diagnose your condition.
This advanced technology “listens” to your jaw joints using leading-edge ultrasounds. Thanks to these acoustics, our dentists can tailor an effective treatment plan for your condition that is non-invasive.
Potential Treatments Options for TMJ
With the right treatment for your TMJ disorder, you can once again be able to control your jaw movements comfortably so you can eat, speak and chew again without pain. Proper treatment can also lessen those painful headaches and relieve tension in your neck and shoulders. Depending on your needs, we might recommend the following:
- Invisalign® to correct your bite
- Jaw exercises
- Facial relaxation techniques
- Changes in your lifestyle habits
- Improved diet
- Dental restoration
- Oral appliances
- Jaw surgery
If using your jaw throughout your day is painful for you, our skilled dentists are ready to help you get the relief you need from your ongoing TMJ symptoms. We welcome you to call us at (916) 481-2000 to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists, Dr. Peter Kim, Dr. William Altig or Dr. Eric Gregg. We are here to help!
For more details, read about our dental technology/doppler-diagnosis for TMJ.