The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ for short, is one of the most complex joint systems in the human body. Located on either side of your head, directly below your ears, these joints are responsible for connecting your upper and low jaws as well as all manner of oral function. Any condition that makes it painful or difficult to move your jaw may be referred to as TMJ dysfunction or disorder. If you have TMJ disorder, our Des Moines TMJ dentist at the office of Fort Des Moines Dental is here to help. We can treat TMJ disorder with a customized, state-of-the-art night guard, alleviating the discomfort of this condition and improving your oral health.
Every time you yawn, swallow, chew or speak, the TM joints are hard at work. If you notice a clicking or popping sound when you move your jaw, if your jaw locks or is difficult to move, or if you have facial pain, these symptoms may indicate TMJ disorder. To attain an accurate diagnosis, our Des Moines TMJ dentist will perform a comprehensive examination, assisted by advanced digital radiography, as needed. We’ll also discuss with you your symptoms, as well as your dental and medical history. A TMJ disorder can be attributed to a number of causes, including arthritis, traumatic injury, misalignments of the teeth and bite and bruxism. The term, bruxism refers to a nighttime teeth-grinding habit, which can wear down your teeth, in addition to causing and exacerbating TMJ disorder. By fabricating a customized night guard, our office can prevent teeth grinding and provide you with much needed relief from TMJ disorder. Your new night guard fits over your top and bottom teeth just like a retainer, keeping your teeth slightly separated to take the pressure off your temporomandibular joints. As skilled providers of care, we teach you how to properly wear and care for your night guard, to best alleviate your symptoms.
At the office of Fort Des Moines Dental, our Des Moines TMJ dentist provides comfortable, easy-to-use night guards to treat TMJ disorder. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call today.