You may have heard someone say that they have TMJ. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that moves the lower jaw. 

An example of how severely teeth can be worn by bruxism or TMJ.

TMJ disorder is basically dysfunction with or without pain anywhere in the teeth and or the joint. There is a wide variety of signs and symptoms. Some people may not have pain, but may have TMJ damage. Others may have headaches or migraines. Many will hear or feel a clicking noise near the ear when eating or opening the mouth. The teeth may be sore with no visual sign of why they are sore. Ringing in the ears or pain in the ear can also be symptoms. 

tmjThe “ball” of the ball and socket joint of the jaw can be positioned out of the socket to some degree by the muscles. This is usually done to avoid a tooth that may be hitting harder than the others. It can also be positioned this way so that all the teeth can come together at the same time. Some reasons why the difference is where the teeth come together and the jaw not being in the socket can occur naturally from habit or as a result of braces, if it was not taken into account during orthodontics.

If you suspect that you or someone you know has TMJ disorder, it is not something that you have to live with. Long term, there can be serious damage to the joint and the teeth, as well as headaches of unknown origin. We can treat this condition with our bite splint and other noninvasive treatments so call 830-249-9300.

- A recent study links Teeth Grinding to Sleep Apnea. Click here to read article

Dr. Michael A. Hatcher, DMD

Lifetime Dental

The team of caring professionals at Lifetime Dental in Boerne, TX, provides members of our friendly community with the latest proven techniques in modern cosmetic dentistry. Michael A. Hatcher, DMD, is affiliated with prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Texas Dental Association
  • Texas Academy of General Dentistry

To schedule an appointment at our dental office, contact us online or call (830) 249-9300.

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