TMJ disorders can cause significant discomfort and interfere with your day-to-day actions and quality of life. A TMJ disorder occurs when the jaw joint connecting your upper and lower jaw becomes stressed, misaligned or injured. This type of problem may occur for several reasons, such as bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), stress, arthritis, or trauma and injury to the head, neck and jaw.
Common signs of TMJ disorders include:
- Grinding, clicking or popping sounds when opening and closing your mouth
- An inability to open your mouth for normal speaking, chewing or yawning
- Locked or stuck jaw
- Pain when chewing and biting
- Pain and tension in your neck, shoulders or ears
- Frequent headaches
Our experienced dentist will work with you to determine the cause and severity of your TMJ disorder. After making a diagnosis, we will review your treatment options with you and create a treatment plan to alleviate your discomfort and improve the function of your jaw. Depending on your needs and the extent of the problem, your treatment may include anything from jaw and facial relaxation exercises or lifestyle changes to restorative dental treatments and a mouth or night guard. In more extreme cases, our dentist may recommend jaw surgery.
If you have any questions about TMJ treatment in Littleton, Colorado, and would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Erik Palmberg, please contact our office at (303) 741-4600 and speak with a member of our team.