November is TMJ awareness month. As part of the awareness month, Dr. Adam Hahn welcomes you to learn more about TMJ and what the symptoms of TMJ are. If you happen to discover any signs of TMJ in yourself, it’s important to schedule an appointment for a proper diagnosis and treatment options.

What is TMJ?

Temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ is also known as TMD and is an imbalance of your jaw system. When your teeth, muscles, and bones don’t work properly together, a wide range of symptoms will present themselves throughout your entire body. The disorder stems from the temporomandibular joints, located below the ears, which are the joints that connect your jaw to your skull. The joints work with other systems to move your jaw up, down, side to side and backward and forward. At a resting position, your jaw should feel relaxed with your teeth only lightly or slightly touching. If your resting position is tense, or your teeth are grinding against each other, there is likely a problem.

What are the Symptoms of TMJ?

When your jaw is out of sync, it’s normal for symptoms of TMJ to present themselves. Common symptoms include:

How is TMJ Treated?

Before Dr. Hahn gives you a treatment plan at Smile Columbia Dentistry, he must first diagnose the cause of your TMJ. There are a number of problems that cause TMJ including trauma to the face, pregnancy, and even possibly playing video games! Dental problems might include malocclusion or the way your teeth fit together. In some cases, malocclusion is strictly developmental while in other cases it might be due to decay, tooth injury, poor dental work, or tooth damage.

To treat your TMJ, Dr. Adam Hahn will support you in different ways to relax your muscles and move your jaw into its optimal resting position. Treatments might include wearing an oral appliance of some sort at night. It also might include dental work like dental crowns or orthodontics. Dr. Adam Hahn treats each patient on a case-by-case basis for optimal recovery. Once Dr. Hahn administers your treatment, you should see progress in your symptoms over time.

If you think you might have TMJ, please give our dental office in Columbia, SC a call at (803) 781-9090 or via our online form to schedule an appointment. If you have TMJ, we will diagnose you and determine the best direction of treatment.