Can you chew comfortably? Do you bite your tongue, cheek, or lip while eating? Perhaps you suffer from headaches. These could be signs that you are suffering from a TMJ disorder. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the joint on either side of your head, just in front of your ears, that connects your jaw to the temporal bone of the skull. The TMJ allows your jaw to move comfortably and smoothly as you eat, speak, and yawn. Symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
- Pain and tenderness in the jaw
- Difficulty opening your mouth wide
- Grating or clicking sounds when you move your jaw
- A locked or stuck jaw
Dr. Sylvan Stern, our experienced dentist, may use a simple diagnostic tool to determine the cause of facial pain and bite problems. We first utilize a muscle relaxation appliance to relax the muscles of the face. We then follow the path of jaw movement to determine the correct tooth positions. We precisely find the bite interference with a digital recording device that measures the strength and timing of tooth contacts during jaw movements. Preventing and correcting bite problems achieves optimal comfort and stability of the jaw and teeth for overall comfort. After just a few visits to our dental office, our patients feel noticeably better. For more information on TMJ treatment in Southfield, Michigan, we invite you to contact our skilled dentist and dental team today.