The temporomandibular joints connect the jawbone to the skull. When the jaw is damaged or problems can occur. Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) can cause jaw pain, chronic headaches, and other symptoms. Dr. Maria Colucciello and her team treat TMJ in their Annapolis office.
Causes and Risk Factors
If you have chronic jaw pain, or suffer from frequent migraines, you may have a TMJ disorder. TMJ disorders can occur due to jaw injury, arthritis, teeth and jaw misalignment, or teeth clenching and grinding. Genetics may also be a risk factor, as well as chronic bruxism and certain connective tissue diseases that can affect the temporomandibular joints.
Common Symptoms of TMJ
It is important to receive treatment before symptoms worsen and further damage the teeth and jaw. Some common signs of TMJ disorders may include:
- Jaw pain and tenderness
- Facial pain
- Teeth clenching and grinding
- Shoulder, neck, and back tension
- Muscle spasms
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
- Chronic headaches or migraines
If you have noticed any of the common signs of TMJ disorders, call West Annapolis Family Dentistry today at (410) 216-4199.
Dr. Colucciello and the team at West Annapolis Family Dentistry are dedicated to providing their patients with comfortable and comprehensive dental care. Dr. Colucciello works with patients to diagnose dental problems and find effective solutions. Before treatment, she will conduct a thorough examination of the teeth and gums to determine if the patient is suffering from a TMJ disorder.
Dr. Colucciello will use of a custom oral appliance to treat TMJ. Similar to a mouth guard, this appliance prevents teeth from making contact. Oral appliances help patients maintain a more balanced bite and proper jaw position to prevent teeth grinding and jaw clenching. This treatment can also alleviate jaw pain and diminish muscle contractions which are often the source of chronic migraines. Restorative dental procedures or orthodontics may also be recommended to repair tooth damage and realign crooked teeth.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Do you think you may have TMJ? Call West Annapolis Family Dentistry today at (410) 216-4199 for comfortable care. You can also schedule an appointment with Dr. Colucciello and her professional team here.