What is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder includes a range of symptoms that are associated with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). These joints connect the lower jaw to the skull on each side of the head. Problems in this area develop when excess stress is put on the structures around the joint, including the muscles, teeth, ligaments, and cartilage.
What causes TMJ Disorder?
Bruxism, or teeth grinding and teeth clenching can contribute to TMJ disorder. Though the cause of bruxism is unknown, it is believed that stress is a factor. The other possibility is that you may be compensating for an incorrect bite. It is extremely common for patients to grind their teeth in their sleep, so you may not even be aware that you exhibit bruxism. Bruxism leads to many dental problems down the line. Clenching and grinding of the teeth, poor posture, arthritis, injuries, and structural problems can all cause excess stress and pressure at the joints which can cause the uncomfortable symptoms associated with TMJ disorder. Symptoms of TMJ disorder may include headaches, ringing in the ears, popping, grinding, or clicking during jaw movement, difficulty opening or closing the mouth, and even neck and shoulder pain.
Symptoms and Treatment
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, you may be suffering from a TMJ disorder. TMJ disorders can be treated through a variety of restorative dentistry procedures and nightguards, among other treatments. Dr. Rajpal is effective and experienced at treating TMJ disorders in Beverly Hills. She works with each patient individually and identifies which restorative treatment option will be most effective. Dr. Rajpal’s goal is to identify the cause of the TMJ disorder and advise patients on how to prevent these causes. Additionally, Dr. Rajpal offers a variety of treatment options to help patients feel comfortable again.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with TMJ disorder that are listed above, please call Dr. Rajpal at (310) 273- 1199 to schedule a consultation.