The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw to your skull. Your TMJs allow you to move your jaw up and down and side to side. This allows you to talk, chew, and yawn. Each TMJ has a disk between the ball and socket that cushions the load of the joint. Issues with your jaw joints and the muscles associated with them are called TMJ disorders. If you experience any of the following symptoms, Dr. Laney Schuman may treat TMJ in Granite City, Illinois:

  • Pain in the face, jaw joint, neck, shoulders, and ear area when you use your jaw
  • Issues when you open your mouth wide
  • Jaws that lock open or shut
  • Clicking or popping sounds when you open or close your mouth
  • Trouble chewing
  • A suddenly uncomfortable bite
  • Swelling on the side of your face

TMJ disorders can be caused by:

  • Grinding or clenching your teeth
  • Movement of the disc between the ball and socket of the TMJ
  • Arthritis in the TMJ
  • Stress, which can cause you to tighten your facial and jaw muscles

To treat TMJ disorders, our dentist will provide you with a custom-made night guard, or mouth guard. Wear your mouth guard during sleep to protect your teeth and jaws from the effects of teeth grinding.

To learn more and to schedule an appointment, contact Midwest Family Dentistry PC today.