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.
Options for Treating a TMD
When your case of TMD is mild, the treatment that most often works is having an appliance created by your dentist that helps to realign the jaw properly. It is commonly worn during the night, while you sleep, and when worn long enough, it often completely realigns the jaw to where it is no longer necessary to wear all of the time after a while. However, for those dealing with an extreme or severe case of TMD, surgery may be necessary.
Some people notice signs of this type of disorder on a daily basis, while others only notice pain every few days, weeks, or even further apart. It does not matter how long you go between symptoms; if your symptoms are recurring, then you need to get into your dentist and get your alignment checked by your dentist.
When you are ready for your appointment to have your TMJ evaluated, give Mahar Dental a call. We are here, ready to help you get your symptoms under control. Dr. Mahar has the experience and education to be able to look at what is going on, and give you a solid diagnosis.
Once you have that diagnosis, we can work together to come up with the least invasive way to treat your symptoms and bring you some relief. You do not need to live in pain. You can have relief. Call Mahar Dental today at (315) 766-2770 and schedule your appointment today!