The temporomandibular joint is what connects your jaw to your skull. It’s an important joint, and it’s easily irritated. If you feel that pain or irritation in that joint, it’s known as TMJ disorder.
A lot of different things can cause TMJ disorder. Knowing what causes it can help you avoid getting it. Even if you’ve never had it before, you can end up contracting it at some point. Luckily, there are a lot of treatment options available.
What is it?
TMJ disorder is, at its most basic, irritation of the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. A lot of things can cause it, but regardless of the cause, a dentist can help treat it. Even if yours is chronic, you can rest easy knowing there are a ton of options to treat it.
What treatment options do I have?
When you come in to see Dr. Dan Clagett or Dr. Lindsey Milby for treatment, you’ll have quite a few options to choose from. For example, night guards work wonders to help those who have TMJ disorder because they clench their teeth while sleeping.
Anti-inflammatory medication is also widely used, as is physical therapy. The team here at Clagett Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, will work closely with you to plan a good long-term treatment.
Will it go away?
TMJ disorder can clear up on its own and come back without warning. But by staying on top of it and managing it actively like you are now, you’ll be able to minimize the discomfort it causes. If you need to learn more or want to schedule an appointment, call us today at 270-769-3306. We can’t wait to help you!