The temporomandibular joint, sometimes referred to as the TMJ, is the joint that connects your lower jaw to the rest of the skull. This joint is essential to your ability to properly chew, speak, eat, and yawn. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in the jaw joint, you may suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder, called TMD. Common symptoms of TMD may include:
- Frequent headaches and migraines
- Ear pain that is not caused by other medical conditions
- Clicking, grinding, or popping sounds in the jaw when you open and close your mouth
- A locked or stuck jaw
- Difficult or painful chewing
- Pain when opening and closing the mouth
A TMJ disorder may be caused by a number of factors, such as bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding), stress, arthritis in the TMJ, or trauma. Our skilled dentists will carefully evaluate you to determine the cause of the TMJ disorder and discomfort you are experiencing. They will then recommend TMJ treatment to alleviate your pain and return your smile to its full function. Dental services for TMJ in Tigard, OR may include restorative dental care, a night guard (to treat bruxism), behavioral changes, or surgery for severe cases. For more information on TMJ treatment and to schedule your individual consultation with Dr. Rashidi, we invite you to contact us today at Washington Square Dental.