Wake Forest, NC area patients ask, what is TMJ?
Dr. Edmond Suh of Wake Forest, NC is a dentist who provides not only preventative and restorative dental care, but care for other oral health issues as well. Patients who suffer from a condition such as TMJ or TMD can get dental help in our facility as well.
What is TMJ and TMD? TMJ is the name for the temporomandibular joint. This is the joint that holds the upper and lower jaw together and allows patients to open and close their mouth. This particular joint can malfunction, resulting in the development of pain and dysfunction. When this happens, the condition is often called TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder.
TMJ and TMD are often used interchangeably by dental professionals. The condition is often characterized by problems such as:
- Clicking of the jaw joint
- Tightening and pain around the mouth
- Stiffness that radiates down to the neck and shoulder area
- Inability to open the mouth (lockjaw)
- Unwanted clenching and grinding of the teeth (bruxism)
- Headaches caused by stress and pain of the jaw joint
Dr. Edmond Suh can help patients who are having trouble with their condition. First, he can provide individuals with a thorough examination and proper diagnosis to help them better understand their disorder. Then, he can work with patients to find ways of alleviating the pain and in some cases, eliminating it. In some instances, patients may benefit by realigning their bite with orthodontics. In others, patients may enjoy treatment with oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy utilizes a special mouth guard that is worn at night to help protect the smile and realign the jaw to relieve pressure caused by the condition as well as cohabitating issues such as bruxism.
Patients who are ready to address problems often associated with TMJ and TMD are welcome to contact the practice of Dr. Edmond Suh in the Wake Forest area and learn about treatment options available to help relieve pain and discomfort while also protecting the natural teeth and restorations from damage often caused by the clenching and grinding. Call our state-of-the-art dental facility today to learn more about how TMJ and TMD can be treated without surgical intervention or other invasive methods available.