The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a hinge connecting your jawbone to your lower skull. The TMJ is important because it lets you open and close your mouth so you can chew, yawn, talk, and many other things.
Many patients report TMJ pain from nighttime teeth grinding, injury to the jaw, and other circumstances. Call our dentist in Kalamazoo today to learn if you can find relief through TMJ treatment.
Dr. Busch-Abbate can help you find relief from TMJ pain. While we offer custom splints or guards, we can also refer serious cases to the appropriate specialists.
What are the Signs of a TMJ Disorder?
Call our dentist if you recognize any of the following TMJ symptoms:
- Sore jaw (especially when you first wake up)
- TMJ pain
- Difficulty or pain while chewing
- Clicking sound while opening and closing mouth
- Locked jaw joint
The longer you ignore TMJ pain, the more likely you could risk damaging your oral health. If you suspect you have a TMJ disorder, call our office to set up your appointment.
What is the Best Treatment for TMJ?
Each patient is different, which is why it’s important you request an appointment with our dentist in Kalamazoo. For example, a custom splint or guard can help relieve stress on the joint. Other cases may be more difficult to treat, especially if your TMJ disorder started after a jaw injury.
During your first appointment, our dentist will need to examine your teeth and other oral structures. She’ll also take X-rays to see if there are any issues that would cause TMJ pain. Gathering this information will help Dr. Busch-Abbate recommend options for TMJ treatment.
Dr. Stephanie Busch-Abbate is a Kalamazoo, MI, TMJ therapy dentist who can provide relief from TMJ pain. To request an appointment, call Gentle Dentistry at (269) 381-3890.