TMJ Treatment Grand Forks
The Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) attaches the upper and lower jaw. It is one of the most complex joints in the body, capable of moving in many different directions, allowing you to chew, speak, and express emotions effectively. When damaged, it can impact your day-to-day routine.
When there is a complication with the joint, even simple everyday tasks can become difficult and painful. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a universal term for the many afflictions that can affect this joint. Some of the most common TMD symptoms include:
- Pain in the jaw, ears, or head
- Limited movement of the lower jaw
- Clicking or popping of the jaw
- Difficulty chewing
- Muscle spasms
- Locked jaw
There are many potential causes of these problems, such as genetic disposition, hormone balance, infections, autoimmune diseases, trauma to the joint, and clenching or grinding your teeth. Dr. Clayburgh will evaluate your situation. If he diagnoses you with TMD, there are several treatments that can be tried, such as night guards, bite guards, and bite adjustments. Because each case is different, it is important to talk to your dentist to determine exactly what is wrong and how to help.
If you are suffering from jaw issues, don’t put off getting help. If you’re in the Grand Forks area, call our office and make an appointment today.