What is TMJ Disorder?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects each side of your skull to your lower jaw. If you develop any issues with this joint, it could result in a condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
TMD causes pain and stiffness in your jaw, in addition to many other health complications. Explore our guide to learn more about TMJ disorder and how Dr. Cooper and Dr. Pham can relieve your symptoms.
Causes of TMD
Some of the most common causes of TMD are:
- Clenching or grinding your teeth (bruxism)
- Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the TMJ
- Dislocated disc between the ball and socket of the TMJ
- Missing teeth
Symptoms of TMD
You may be suffering from TMJ disorder if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Frequent pain or stiffness in the jaw
- Clicking or popping sounds when you move your jaw
- Facial swelling and pain
- Misaligned bite
- Neck pain
Treatment Solutions for TMJ Disorder
If you have TMD, we can customize a mouthguard to relieve your jaw pain and other symptoms. These appliances are worn overnight to prevent you from clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth while you sleep. This will keep your symptoms under control and protect you from serious long-term health consequences.
In more severe cases of TMD, corrective jaw surgery may be required. If you’re one of these patients, Dr. Cooper and Dr. Pham will help you find a qualified specialist who can provide the care you need.
Visit Contemporary Dental Arts For TMJ Therapy
TMJ disorder can be extremely debilitating, affecting your comfort and concentration on a daily basis. Don’t let headaches, jaw pain, and other symptoms control your life — call our San Jose practice at (408) 253-4150 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Cooper and Dr. Pham today.