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TMJ This is one most common oral health concerns out there, but just what is it?

The temporomandibular joint connects your jaw to your skull via the temporal bones on either side of your face. This joint is one of the most important in your entire body and is responsible for everything from speaking to eating. Temporomandibular disorders are colloquially known as TMJ, though dental professionals usually call it TMD. The most common symptoms include:

  • Tooth grinding (bruxism)
  • Mild to severe swelling in the face, often near the joint
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Suddenly uncomfortable bite
  • A feeling as if the upper and lower teeth do not fit together
  • Grating, popping, or clicking sounds from the jaw when it opens and closes, with or without pain
  • A feeling as if the jaw is stuck open or closed
  • Difficulty opening the mouth widely
  • Pain and tenderness that ranges from the face, joint, neck and shoulder area, and ears while the jaw is in motion
  • Hearing problems, toothaches, headaches, neck aches, shoulder pain, tinnitus, and dizziness are also possible, though rare, symptoms

The exact cause of TMJ is unclear, but it does seem to be more common in women as well as those between the ages of 20 and 40. However, stress, arthritis in the joint, and clenching or grinding teeth have all been known to cause or at least exacerbate TMJ.

What We Can Do

Patients seeking relief from their TMJ are encouraged to contact our offices. While the root cause of this condition is still unknown, more often than not the ailment is made worse by patients clenching or grinding their teeth while sleeping. Patients may wake up feeling frustrated and in some degree of pain, which can have adverse effects on other aspects of their health worse by increasing stress. Grinding is also, obviously, bad for your teeth.

Dr. Farzad Feiz and his team at Calabasas Dental Group and California Dental Care want patients to know that there is no reason they have to put up with their TMJ symptoms indefinitely. With decades of experience, Dr. Feiz is well versed in treating TMJ with custom made mouth guards that immobilize teeth and prevent painful grinding and clenching.

The crafting process is simple, with Dr. Feiz taking a mold of a patient’s teeth and then using it to create a mouthguard that is both comfortable and effective. Dr. Feiz can also address any potential damage that was caused by previous teeth grinding if needed, which can further alleviate pain felt in the mouth. For more information on TMJ (aka TMD) visit our contact page or call the number at the top of your screen.