Located on each side of your head, directly in front of your ears, is a joint known as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and it connects the lower jaw to your skull. The TMJ is responsible for the comfortable and smooth movement of the jaw, allowing you to eat, speak, yawn, smile, and laugh with ease. When the TMJ becomes damaged, these actions become difficult. There are many things that can cause TMJ disorders, including stress and lifestyle habits. You may have TMJ disorder if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- A stuck or locked jaw
- Clicking or popping noises when you move your jaw
- Pain or swelling in the jaw and facial muscles
- Headaches and earaches
Dr. Christina Sehy VerSchave, our dentist at Belmar Smiles, offers many types of treatment for the TMJ in Lakewood, Colorado, for your convenience. The most common form of TMJ treatment is a special type of night guard that gently realigns your jaw as you sleep to alleviate pressure and prevent your teeth from grinding together and wearing out your muscles. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of TMJ disorder, please contact us today. We would love to help in any way we can.