The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that joins the upper and lower jaw. This joint is one of the most complex in the body. It is capable of forward and backward motion, rotations, and side-to-side movement. The term TMJ is often used to refer to complications and problems with the joint. Some common symptoms of TMJ disorders are:
- Pain in the joint
- Limited movement in the lower jaw
- Clicking sounds when you use your jaw
- Muscle spasms
- Locking of the jaw
Some causes of these disorders include genetics, hormones, low-level infections, auto-immune diseases, trauma, and teeth clenching or grinding. Dr. Blake Lawlor can diagnose and evaluate these conditions. Some treatments our dentist may recommend are night guards, bite guards, and bite adjustments. Night and bite guards will protect your teeth and jaws from the negative effects of teeth grinding or clenching. Bite adjustments will correct the way your teeth fit together, which will often stop teeth grinding. Bite adjustments also relieve stress on the jaw joint.
We welcome you to contact our dental office today to schedule an appointment and to learn more about our treatments for TMJ in Wichita, Kansas. We are excited to care for you and your smile!