TMJ disorder is a general term that is sometimes used to describe discomfort or dysfunction with the complex temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw. Typical symptoms often include a chronic ache in the muscles around the jaw, temples, or in front of the ears.
Additional TMJ disorder symptoms could also involve discomfort when biting down, or an irregularly clicking sensation in the joints. Some people also experience temporary lockup of one or both temporomandibular joints.
If you are struggling with any of these symptoms the wisest course of action is to schedule an examination at Dr. Robert H. Watson’s orthodontic clinic. After assessing the severity and factors contributing to your temporomandibular discomfort, he can start to develop an effective treatment plan.
In some cases, TMJ disorder symptoms are caused or contributed to by frequently grinding your teeth while sleeping. Along with other factors, this could cause significant inflammation and muscular tension complications around the temporomandibular joints.
If Dr. Robert H. Watson thinks this is a contributing factor in your case, he might recommend sleeping with a dental guard in your mouth. It is a soft plastic mouthpiece that you install in your mouth shortly before going to bed. It will cushion the biting surfaces of your teeth, while also allowing for a mild degree of slip between both sets of teeth.
If you live in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area and you have been experiencing symptoms of TMJ disorder, you should call 704-523-7221 to schedule an appointment at Robert H. Watson Jr. DDS, PA.