TMJ

Northridge Dental Group

General Dentistry & Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry located in Northridge, CA

Do you have chronic pain or soreness in your jaw? Does your jaw sometimes pop or grate when you open and close your mouth? If so, you might be suffering from TMJ disorder, a painful condition that affects the joints of your jawbone. Farshid Ariz, DMD, at Northridge Dental Group in Northridge, California, is highly skilled in providing safe, noninvasive, and effective treatments to address your TMJ disorder and alleviate your jaw pain. Get started with your TMJ treatment today by calling the offices or booking a visit online.

TMJ Q & A

What’s TMJ and TMJ disorder?

TMJ stands for “temporomandibular joint,” the sliding, hingelike joint that connects your jawbone to the temporal bones in your skull and enables you to speak, talk, and yawn with ease.

TMJ disorder is a condition that leaves the joint misaligned or functioning improperly. TMJ disorder (or TMD) makes it difficult to move your jaw without restraint and can affect your ability to eat and speak properly. It can also cause a lot of pain.

Many people use the terms TMJ and TMD interchangeably, but technically speaking, TMJ is the name of the joint, while TMD is the name of the condition that affects the joint.

What are the signs of TMJ disorder?

TMJ disorder can show up in several ways, but in each of them, you’ll always find it difficult to use your jaw. Some of the more common signs that you might be experiencing a TMJ disorder include:

  • Difficulty opening your mouth all the way
  • A clicking, grating, or popping sound when you open and close your mouth or chew
  • Pain, tenderness, or soreness in your face, neck, and/or shoulders
  • Your jaw gets stuck when you open or close your mouth
  • Acute pain in your jaw joint (right in front of your ears) when you move it
  • A bite that suddenly feels awkward, as if your teeth aren’t fitting together correctly

The symptoms of TMJ disorder range from mild to intolerable, and can last anywhere from days to years. It’s most common in people age 20-40 and is seen more frequently in women than men.

How is TMJ disorder treated?

Dr. Ariz treats TMJ disorder with a team approach that uses noninvasive procedures to eliminate the condition without drugs or surgery. He works with otolaryngologists (ear, nose, and throat doctors), neurologists, chiropractors, rheumatologists, and primary care providers to do complete head and neck evaluations, health histories, special X-rays, and muscle function tests.

These diagnostics help him  uncover the cause of the conditions and arrive at a more exact idea of your particular TMJ disorder. To remedy the problem, he custom-builds an orthotic splint that helps to correct and stabilize the imbalances in your jaw.

To learn more about how Dr. Ariz at Northridge Dental Group can ease or eliminate your jaw pain by treating your TMJ disorder, schedule an appointment today by calling the offices or booking online.