We use the abbreviated TMJ, short for temporomandibular joint, to describe conditions and disorders of the hinge-like joint that allows for chewing, yawning, and speaking. The joint is connected to your lower skull and located near the lower front portion of the ears.
Dr. Kevin Burgdorf, DDS, our TMJ specialist in Bridgeton, MO, can help combat TMJ jaw pain and other side effects associated with this condition. In fact, our mouthguards for TMJ pain relief have been successful in treating the condition.
What Are the Signs, and Can TMJ Cause Ear Pain?
TMJ disorders can cause many symptoms, including:
- Clicking sound in the jaw joint when yawning or chewing
- Jaw locking or not functioning properly
- Pain in the ears, neck, shoulders, face, and head
- Worn or fractured teeth if TMJ is related to teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism)
Untreated TMJ can severely impact life quality, which is why we are thrilled to offer TMJ treatment in Bridgeton, MO.
Relieving Symptoms of TMJ
Your dentist may recommend various treatments, including specific exercises, stress reducers, and appliance therapy. Sometimes, you can use ice packs or warm compresses to relieve immediate jaw joint stress.
Appliance therapy is a customized mouthguard that fits over your teeth. It gently keeps the mouth ajar during sleep to prevent bruxism and aggravation of the TMJs. This nocturnal rest for your jaw joints promotes healing and relieves pain.
Our mouthguards can combat TMJ but also work to stop bruxism. Untreated bruxism can cost you your teeth and lead to additional pain, similar to the discomfort associated with TMJ.
Contact Your TMJ Specialist in Bridgeton to Learn More about Treatment
Our dentist can evaluate your jaw joints, take precise x-rays, and let you know whether our mouthguard might be the solution you’ve been looking for. To arrange your TMJ consultation or, if you have questions for our team, reach out to Dr. Kevin Burgdorf, DDS today.