When you want to learn more about the diagnosis, treatment, and cause of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, TMJ, visit Feist Siegert Dental, TMJ dentist in Onalaska. When you think you may have TMJ, it can be hard to know what to expect. We can answer all your questions about TMJ and how it affects you.
What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder?
Scientifically referred to as temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder, is a group of different conditions that directly affect your temporomandibular joint. Your temporomandibular joint connects your lower jaw, called the mandible, to the bone at the side of your head which is referred to as the temporal bone.
The mandible controls your jaw movement, including when you eat, speak, and yawn. When you have TMJ disorders, you will experience discomfort and tension within and around this joint.
What causes TMJ?
The causes of TMJ disorders are varied. There could be many causes including repercussions from a jaw injury, links to other disorders, an incorrect bite, or a former orthodontic treatment. We can evaluate what might have caused your TMJ when you come in for an appointment to our office.
How do I know if I have TMJ?
You will know you have TMJ by the symptoms. Symptoms include inflammation in the temporomandibular joint area, discomfort, clicking, popping, or grinding coming from your jaw, stiffness or tension in your jaw, or changes in how your upper and lower teeth come together.
If you still are not sure whether or not you have TMJ disorders, visit us for an official examination and diagnosis. We can also provide treatment as needed.
How can I treat TMJ?
Try icing the area when it becomes inflamed or irritated, eat softer foods that do not aggravate your symptoms and avoid chewing gum, and take ibuprofen or another over the counter pain reliever when discomfort begins or if it seems to happen at the same time every day.
If your discomfort is more severe and consistent, visit us in Onalaska for treatment. We have had great success with non-surgical treatment correction for TMJ and can offer you a solution! No more reason to miss work or school!
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