Obtain TMJ/TMD diagnosis and treatment with the team at Family Dental Center

Patients who have jaw pain caused by a dysfunctional temporomandibular joint may find that they want to do more than just take over-the-counter pain medications when problems arise. Instead, patients can work with a TMJ doctor or dentist to discuss the benefits of using a bite guard for TMJ/TMD conditions to provide relief. Drs. Mircea Mitu and George D’Louhy of Manteca, California, can assist with a proper diagnosis and effective treatment recommendations.

Understanding TMJ/TMD

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, more commonly referred to as TMD or TMJ, is a condition that results in pain and discomfort in the jaw. The temporomandibular joint is the joint that hinges and connects the lower jawbone (mandible) to the skull. This joint allows for opening and closing the mouth, chewing, and talking. When this joint becomes dysfunctional, it can cause pain, clicking or popping sounds, locking of the jaw, and difficulty opening and closing the mouth.

Several factors can contribute to TMD/TMJ, including:

  • Misaligned teeth or bite – when the teeth do not fit together correctly, it can place undue stress on the jaw joint
  • Injury or trauma to the face or jaw – this can include anything from a car accident to a blow to the face
  • Arthritis – both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can contribute to TMD/TMJ
  • Clenching or grinding of the teeth (bruxism) – this can put excessive pressure on the temporomandibular joint

Treatment for TMJ/TMD

There are many different treatment options available for TMJ/TMD. In some cases, simple lifestyle changes may be all that is needed to provide relief. That can include avoiding hard and chewy foods, reducing stress, and practicing good posture. Other patients may fare better with using a special bite guard for TMJ, an appliance that is worn to protect the teeth from damage and reduce tension and muscle pain associated with TMJ/TMD.

Request an appointment today

Drs. Mircea Mitu and George D’Louhy of the Family Dental Center of Manteca, CA, are here to provide patients with solutions for their smiles, including relief from temporomandibular joint disorders. Connect with our team today by calling (209) 420-1205 to request an appointment at 521 East Center Street.