How do I know if I have TMJ?

TMJ (temporomandibular joints) are the joints and jaw muscles which open and close your mouth. These help you chew and swallow and move your lower jaw side to side and forward and back. There are many things that can cause this system to fail from working properly, and cause you pain. The more common cause of TMJ Is stress and teeth grinding. Often a night guard is recommended to help you avoid from doing damage while asleep. A properly fitted mouth guard is necessary to give you relief and protect your teeth.


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Other causes may include:

  • Dislocation
  • Arthritis
  • Misalignment
  • Injury/Dislocation
  • Nail Biting

Diagnosis is the first step to treating TMJ. We will check for joints and muscle tenderness, clicking, popping or difficulty chewing, swallowing, even talking.

There are things you can to ease the symptoms of TMJ:

  • Choosing softer foods
  • Avoid chewing gum
  • Use heat, ice, and Ibuprofen
  • Mediation and relaxation

In some cases, your alignment may need to be adjusted. Let Dr. Rizza at First Street Smiles consult with you to recommend the best course of treatment.