TMJ (Temporamandibular Joint)
When your teeth or jaw do not line up, the result is pain. This is what often happens when someone suffers from what is commonly called TMJ, which is an ailment within the temporomandibular joint. This can be something as simple as your jaw shifting some to where your teeth no longer align properly, or it could be something that requires surgery. The only way to know is to have your jaw looked at by an experienced professional in dental restoration like Dr. Mahar.
TMJ - The Basics
Your temporomandibular joint is the joint that hinges the top and the bottom jaw. It is responsible for moving your mouth when you speak, eat, and chew. It helps you have up and down motions, and it allows for side to side motions. When any of these motions cause pain, this is called a temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. Signs of misalignment are looked for during each comprehensive exam done by Dr. Mahar, so that symptoms associated with TMD can be avoided due to early detection being possible.
The most common symptoms that accompany TMJ include headaches, pain that can become extreme within your jaw, sinus infections, and regular ear infections. The pain can come and go, or it can be consistent as the severity of your TMD increases. If the reasons for your symptoms is a misalignment of your TMJ, there are treatment options available for you. Once you have your TMJ looked at, you and Dr. Mahar can decide which options you have available to you for treating your specific case of TMD.
Call Mahar Dental today at (315) 766-2770 and schedule your appointment today!