TMJ Specialist

Kluth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Family and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Alexandria, IN & Noblesville, IN

Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) hinges your jaw to your skull, allowing you to chew and speak comfortably. When you experience a TMJ disorder marked by painful chewing or difficulty opening and closing your mouth, let the professional dentists at Kluth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Alexandria and Noblesville, Indiana, restore smooth, pain-free TMJ function. With personalized treatment, their dentists at either office can address the root cause of your TMJ disorder. To find out more, call the office nearest you or schedule a consultation online today.

TMJ Q & A

What is a TMJ disorder?

Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is situated on either side of your head, just in front of your ears. Each joint connects your jawbone to your skull, acting like a sliding hinge and allowing fluid motion. When the TMJ works properly, you’re able to chew, speak, and open and close your mouth without problems.

When your TMJ is damaged or inflamed, it affects the muscles and other tissues that control normal jaw movement. In most cases, the pain and discomfort of a TMJ disorder are temporary and will ease on its own. In some cases, though, professional treatment is required.

What are TMJ disorder symptoms?

Some of the most common TMJ disorder signs and symptoms to look out for include:

  • Painful chewing
  • Difficulty opening and closing your mouth
  • Clicking or popping noises when opening and closing your mouth
  • Facial pain
  • Pain felt around your ears

If you notice persistent symptoms that don’t disappear within a few days or a week, you’ll want to consider getting help from the team at Kluth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.

What causes a TMJ disorder?

The exact cause of TMJ disorders isn’t always known. In some cases, genetics, arthritic conditions, or a jaw injury can damage and/or inflame the joints and muscles that control jaw movement.

Another potential cause of TMJ disorders is clenching or grinding your teeth, known medically as bruxism. Clenching your teeth constantly, especially at night, can lead to the misalignment of your jaw muscles. This can cause your TMJ to be dislocated, temporarily pulling the joint out of its socket=.

How do you treat a TMJ disorder?

The first step in treating a TMJ disorder is getting an accurate diagnosis in order to address the root cause. At Kluth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, the team often deals with cases of bruxism leading to TMJ problems.

Treating bruxism is a fairly simple matter. The team can have you fitted for a custom-made intraoral appliance that you wear at night. This nighttime splint fits comfortably and helps reposition your jaw at night while you sleep. Over time, wearing this nighttime appliance can reverse the effects of a TMJ disorder, restoring jaw health and improving your quality of life.

If you notice symptoms of a TMJ disorder that won’t go away, call the Kluth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today.