Understanding the Jaw and TMJ Treatment
Suffering from TMJ disorder is a serious issue. At Lynn Dental Care, the patients that come to our Dallas dentist office for TMJ treatment are searching for both answers and relief from the pain and discomfort caused by TMJ disorder. To truly understand the disorder and how TMJ treatment works, you need to have an understanding of the jaw itself. In today’s blog, the Lynn Dental Care TMJ treatment team takes a look at how the jaw works and how the right treatment relieves symptoms and allows for healing.
How the Jaw Works
The human jaw is made up of two main bones. The lower jawbone, called the mandible, is the only part of the face that can move. The upper jawbone is called the maxilla and is a fixed bone within the skull. The movement of the mandible is what allows us to eat and speak. There are several muscles and ligaments that are used to move the jaw. The main joint in the jaw is the temporomandibular joint, which sits below the ear and connects the skull and the mandible.
The Jaw and TMJ
If you suffer from TMJ disorder, that means there are problems with your temporomandibular joint. The TMJ controls the movement of the jaw and is constantly used any time we eat, drink, or talk. TMJ disorder is the result of misalignment or damage to the TMJ, often caused by a traumatic injury or even stress. Those seeking TMJ treatment often suffer from stiffness and pain in the jaw, headaches, ear aches, and more. Understanding how the jaw works and how the joint has become damaged or misaligned is an important step for your dentist to create the right course of action for your TMJ treatment. Without treatment, the pain and discomfort will continue to get worse.
TMJ Treatment at Lynn Dental Care
At Lynn Dental Care, we have years of knowledge and experience with TMJ disorder, allowing our team to provide the best TMJ treatment for your situation. If needed, Dr. Lynn will create a specially molded oral appliance using 3D technologies. He will use this to realign the joint and provide some much-needed relief. Our office also offers other services that can assist in jaw realignment, including orthodontics. For more information on any of our services—including general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry—check out the Lynn Dental Care website, or you can contact our Dallas dentist office at 972-934-1400 to schedule your TMJ treatment appointment today!