Dealing with Issues of the TMJ

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Did you know that you can receive TMJ dentistry if you are struggling with problems involving your TMJ? Today we address why it’s important to treat complications affecting your TMJ so that you can have better health and happiness.

The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the joints that attach the jaw to the skull. If the TMJ becomes damaged or ceases to function properly, you could experience negative symptoms such as jaw pain, a popping or clicking sound in the jaw, headaches, ear pain and jaw muscles that are stiff or sore. Any occurrence of these issues may not guarantee that you are dealing with a TMJ problem, but we encourage you to visit one of our surgeons, Drs. Stemme, Weber, Weber, or Kincaid soon, regardless.

Our surgeonss at St. Louis County Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery can help you address TMJ-related issues caused by an injury or displaced jaw structure. Often, correcting these problems can be as simple and straightforward as adjusting your diet or performing daily jaw exercises. However, if the problem is complex, we may need to provide an appliance that supports the jaw or perform an oral procedure. Similarly, if nightly tooth grinding is contributing to TMJ disorder, we can provide a custom dental appliance to wear at night and prevent teeth grinding that exacerbates TMJ issues.

If you experience any signs of TMJ problems in Chesterfield, Missouri, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert Stemme by contacting St. Louis County Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at 314-434-0493 today. We would be happy to address your concerns and questions about improving your jaw health.