TMJ in Margate
Also serving Coral Springs, Tamarac, Coconut Creek, Parkland and Pompano Beach

TMJ is short for the temporomandibular joint. This joint connects your lower jaw (also known as the mandible) to your upper skull and it is involved in many basic jaw functions, such as chewing. If you experience pain in this area of your mouth, you may suffer from TMD (temporomandibular disorder). TMD can occur as a result of many different things, such as stress, tightening of the jaw muscles, and teeth grinding.

A few symptoms of TMD are:

  • Pain when opening or closing mouth
  • Trouble chewing
  • Jaw becoming stuck open or shut
  • Headaches
  • Ear pain
  • Clicking or popping sounds when opening your mouth

One of the more problematic symptoms of TMD is teeth grinding, as it can contribute to many future dental issues. Severe or constant grinding (also known as bruxism) can wear down the enamel of the teeth, making them more vulnerable to cavities. Bruxism can also contribute to tooth sensitivity, cause intense jaw pain, and irritate your gum line.

If you think you may be suffering from TMD or bruxism, come in for a consultation. While pain relievers and hot/cold packs are short term solutions, medical professionals at West Broward Dental Associates can help diagnose your symptoms and offer real, long-lasting relief. Our dentists will take a mold of your teeth and use this to create a custom night guard. Night guards provide a protective surface between your top and bottom teeth, protecting them from grinding, and helping reduce stress on your TMJ joint. With the right care, night guards will last up to 10 years.

Though most cases of TMD can be treated with a night guard and behavioral adjustments, some extreme cases may require oral surgery. Call us today at (954) 975-7900 or visit our friendly office at 7608 Margate Blvd. to go over your options.