Clicking, Crackling Discomfort
TMD (commonly referred to as TMJ) stands for Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction. In short, it is the pain and compromised motion of the jaw joint. TMJ can vary in its severity and is often recognized by a clicking motion when the jaw is extended and closed. There are a variety of issues that can cause pain in the TMJ. With our intense training and state of the art technology, Signature Dental can help diagnose and effectively treat most types of TMJ pain. By properly aligning the teeth and fitting a dental mouth guard (for nighttime teeth grinding), the symptoms of TMJ can be greatly reduced.
By properly aligning the teeth or the fitting of a dental mouth guard, the symptoms of TMJ can be greatly reduced. The results of adjusting your bite allow the muscles in your jaw the opportunity to follow a more natural motion, and in turn, keep the muscles from getting sore. These adjustments and alignments help preserve the integrity of the joint while increasing comfort.
Concern Over a Clicking Jaw
Just because your jaw clicks does not mean you have TMJ. In fact, stress can even cause a jaw to click. That said, if you hear clicking or popping noises when you chew, and it is accompanied with pain or sticking of the jaw, it’s best to have a dental professional take a look. Our doctors will take the time to properly diagnose a TMJ issue. After a TMJ issue is found, we recommend a plan-of-action to get your bite corrected.
A TMJ issue can get worse if nothing is done to remedy the clicking and popping jaw. Eventually, the clicking can turn into a grinding sensation. This is from direct bone on bone contact. Without treatment, TMJ grinding can result in the need for jaw surgery or a more complex dental procedure. It’s best to address TMJ when less dramatic and intrusive procedures are effective.
Does Insurance Cover TMJ Treatment?
Depending on the severity of your case and its effects on your daily life, insurance may cover TMJ treatment from Signature Dental. This depends on your dental/medical insurance provider and the coverage provided to you.
Do you have jaw discomfort? TMJ therapy from Signature Dental might be an option for you. Contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors today.
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