The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect the jawbone to the skull. These joints are used for talking, chewing, swallowing, and yawning. Any issues with the jaw joint and the associated muscles are known as TMJ disorders. If you have any of the following symptoms, Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner may treat TMJ in Burlington, Connecticut:
- Pain in the face, jaw joint, neck and shoulders, and around the ear
- Issues when you open your mouth wide
- Jaws that lock open or shut
- Clicking sounds when you use your jaw
- A sudden uncomfortable bite
The following can cause TMJ disorders:
- Grinding or clenching your teeth
- Movement of the disc between the ball and socket of the joint
- Arthritis in the TMJ
- Stress, which can cause you to tighten the muscles in your face and jaw or clench your teeth
Our dentist uses dental splints to treat TMJ disorders. Dental splints are also used for migraine therapy, as migraines are often caused by muscle tension and stress. These plastic mouth guards are custom-made by our dentist. They are worn over the upper and lower teeth. These splints ease muscle tension by preventing the patient from clenching and grinding their teeth.
Feel free to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.