It’s estimated that over 10 million Americans are affected by TMJ dysfunction by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. This condition is known to cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms that can impact your daily life, such as lock jaw and severe joint pain. If you’re experiencing any signs of this condition, our specialists can help with TMJ therapy in our Muskegon, MI dental office. Once you’ve been diagnosed, we’ll create a customized treatment to help improve your daily life.
Your jaw is connected to your skull by two joints, called the temporomandibular joints. A variety of issues, such as a past injury, bite misalignment, and even improperly placed restorations can result in an unbalance between the force that each joint has to endure. When this occurs, it can cause them to not function properly, resulting in a variety of symptoms, including:
As soon as you’re diagnosed with TMJ dysfunction, our team will work quickly to create the best treatment plan for your needs. A helpful option that we offer are occlusal splints. These are custom-made orthotic devices that you wear at night while you’re sleeping. They cushion and protect your teeth from grinding and gently shift your jaw into alignment, minimizing the effects of your condition, such as chronic jaw pain.