Snap, crackle, pop! Do you hear these sounds when you chew, speak, or move your jaw? It could be a sign that you have a TMJ disorder. While some people only hear these annoying sounds, they can also lead to pain and discomfort if it’s left untreated. At Barker Dentistry & Implant Center, we have options to help clear up this problem.
When you have issues with your TMJ (temporomandibular joint), it’s known as TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction). Essentially, it’s any type of issue that affects the proper function of this joint that connects your jawbone to your skull.
To determine the root cause of the problem, Dr. Barker will use 3D imaging to examine the area closely, so he can decide what the best treatment option will be. Some potential treatments include splints, Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation therapy, and jaw exercises.
TMJ disorders can have numerous causes, but probably one of the most common ones is grinding your teeth (bruxism). Here are some signs that could point toward you having TMD: