TMJ, also sometimes called TMD, stands for temporomandibular joint disorder. It is a fairly common condition that can be difficult to diagnose due to its wide variety of symptoms. However, once it is diagnosed, there are a number of TMJ treatments in Las Vegas that can provide effective relief and greatly improve your quality of life.
Do You Have TMJ?
TMJ symptoms are not always localized to the jaw. Headaches, ringing in the ears, dizziness, and pain in the neck or shoulders are all associated with TMJ, in addition to the more obvious symptoms such as limited jaw movement and popping or clicking sounds when moving the mouth.
If you are experiencing any combination of the symptoms above, you should visit Dr. Paez to have your jaw checked out and see if you may be suffering from TMJ.
TMJ is generally caused by jaw misalignment. This misalignment can occur due to:
- Teeth clenching or grinding
- Injury to the jaw
- Cartilage damage
- Jaw joint disc dislocation
No matter the cause, the treatment for TMJ generally involves realignment of the jaw. If you’ve had a severe jaw injury or dislocation, you may need surgery. However, if your misalignment is caused by teeth grinding or clenching, there’s a simple fix.
Dr. Paez offers custom night guards for patients with misaligned jaws due to teeth grinding. These night guards are worn at night while sleeping to prevent the teeth from grinding together. Because they are custom fit for your teeth, they are very comfortable to wear, and most patients find that they see a significant improvement in their TMJ symptoms.
Issues with your bite could also be causing TMJ. If your teeth are worn down from grinding, or if you’re missing teeth or have significantly cracked or chipped teeth, these can all contribute to bite problems and jaw misalignment. Correcting these problems often helps to align the jaw and relieve TMJ symptoms.
If you are suffering from TMJ symptoms in Las Vegas, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Paez at 702-737-3553 today to schedule your free consultation. We serve patients in Summerlin, Spring Valley, and other greater Las Vegas areas.