Do you suffer from frequent jaw or tooth pain? You may have a temporomandibular joint disorder. TMJ disorders can cause pain to the jaw joint and the muscles that control the jaw because the temporomandibular joint connects the jawbone to the skull. The majority of cases of orofacial pain, or any pain felt in the mouth, jaws, and the face can result from dental causes like TMJ. Dr. Paul Cavanaugh and his Colorado Springs, Colorado dental team offer multiple methods of treating orofacial pain as well as the many symptoms and causes of this disorder.
TMJ: Symptoms and Causes
Common causes of TMJ disorders are:
- Teeth grinding or jaw clenching
- Trauma to the jaw
- Crooked teeth
- Malocclusion (misaligned teeth)
There are many common symptoms of TMJ to look out for. Multiple signs of TMJ include:
- Jaw pain
- Difficulty chewing
- Jaw tenderness
- Aching facial pain
- Jaw clicking or locking
Contact our office if you encounter any of these symptoms. We will work with you to find a treatment that works best for you.
Dr. Cavanaugh offers multiple solutions for patients who are diagnosed with TMJ:
Mouthguards/Nightguards: For patients who grind their teeth, it is important to provide an extra layer of protection to stop teeth grinding and prevent further damage to the teeth. A custom-designed mouthguard or nightguard is the ideal solution to address tooth grinding and teeth clenching.
Restorative Dentistry: If your teeth have sustained damage, restorative dentistry treatments are an ideal way to restore function, beauty, and health to your smile. We offer a full range of services including dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures for patients who have lost teeth as a result of advanced TMJ disorder.
Orthodontics: If crooked teeth or malocclusion have contributed to TMJ disorder, we can help you realign and straighten your smile before more issues arise. We offer Invisalign treatment to correct a crooked or misaligned smile.
Request a Consultation
If you have noticed any of the symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder, call 719-204-1602. You can also schedule an appointment with our experienced dentists on our website. Your oral health is our team’s top priority.