Your lower jaw is joined to your skull by a soft joint called the temporomandibular joint. Sometimes this joint can become inflamed, resulting in a group of symptoms that are called TMJ disorder or simply TMJ. Pierce Street Dental provides diagnosis and treatment of TMJ in Birmingham-Beverly Hills.
The primary symptoms of TMJ are pain around the joint and in your facial regions and difficulty opening and closing your jaw. You may also notice a clicking sensation in the joint and a swollen feeling around the area.
We diagnose TMJ by looking at your eating habits, reviewing your overall health, and examining your lower skull and jaw. Typically the examination requires a physical examination and X-rays of the jaw area.
Treatments for TMJ focus on reducing the factors causing the inflammation and treating the inflammation itself. We may prescribe medications for inflammation or stress, teach you stretching techniques for your jaw muscles, or provide massage or physiotherapy treatment. We may also recommend dental appliances to hold your jaw in place at night.