Dr. Cynthia L. Skigen, our accomplished dentist, is dedicated to taking care of all of your oral health needs. As part of this commitment, we provide treatment for TMJ disorders. TMJ is the simplified term for your temporomanidbular joint, located directly in front of both your ears. The TMJ connects your lower jaw to your skull bone and is responsible for the smooth, easy movement of your jaw. Sometimes, the TMJ becomes damaged or stressed, causing TMJ disorders. You may have a TMJ disorder if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:
- A stuck or locked jaw
- Inability to open your mouth wide
- Clicking, popping, or grinding noises when you move your jaw
- Swollen facial muscles
- Pain when chewing
To treat TMJ disorders in Jacksonville, Florida, we provide custom-made night guards. The TMJ is often damaged from stress as you grind and clench your teeth at night. Night guards help treat TMJ disorders by relieving this stress and pressure placed on the TMJ. The night guards act as a protective shield to stop teeth from grinding. There are other TMJ treatments that we can discuss with you if night guards do not fully alleviate the pain. To begin understanding more about your TMJ and how we can help, we invite you to contact our dental office today. We look forward to putting a smile on your face again!