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TMJ is another name for the temporomandibular joint. These joints are the hinges that allow you to open and close your mouth. They make it possible to chew, speak and swallow. In each joint, there is a disc between the ball and socket. The disc controls the load in the joint and helps the jaw move. If you have any problems in the joint, this is called the TMJ disorder. Our dentists, Drs. Cleveland, Allmand, and Carlson, are happy to tell you all about the TMJ disorder today.

TMJ disorder symptoms include jaw pain, difficulty chewing, clicking in the jaw, locking in the jaw, aching in the ear, facial pain and more. Typically, the causes of the TMJ disorder include damage by a blow, cartilage damage from arthritis, bruxism and the displacement of the disc inside the joint. It’s important to visit our office if you experience any symptoms so your dentist can accurately diagnose the problem.

Fortunately, there are many treatments available for the TMJ disorder, like prescribed medications, bite guards and physical therapy. There are also home remedies you can use, like eating softer foods, avoiding chewing gum and hard objects, heating the joint, practicing relaxation techniques and strengthening your jaw muscles.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about the TMJ disorder in Indianapolis, Indiana, please contact Monon Family Dental when you get the chance. Our dental team will be happy to help you in any way we can, so please don’t hesitate to dial 317-810-9285!