Temporomandibular joint syndrome or TMJ can be caused by several factors but results in pain where the jaw bone connects to the skull in front of the ear. This pain can cause trouble eating or chewing misalignment of teeth, or inflammation. The pain can be so severe that it may travel down to the neck and shoulder and can cause migraines.
Some causes of TMJ could be trauma such as grinding teeth or clenching. Another cause of TMJ could be arthritis whether it be caused by normal aging or degenerative joint disease. Oftentimes the jaw joint can click or pop when moved, and it may even cause the jaw to be locked into a wide position. Your dentist in Irving and Plano, we can treat TMJ and have you smiling again soon.
We use specific TMJ training to bring you relief. Your TMJ treatment will be customized to your unique TMJ case. Dr. Mikkilineni and Dr. Soundarapandian will create impressions of your teeth to analyze your bite and position of the jaw. Using the impressions, he designs a custom oral appliance. This appliance should be worn at night to reposition your jaw and eliminate pain, clenching, and grinding. With the realignment, you will feel relief in the head, neck, and jaw pain.