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TMJ treatment in Bedford

Bedford South Dentistry can help if you suffer from jaw pain in Bedford

At Bedford South Dentistry, "TMJ syndrome" is what we commonly call Temporomandibular joint disorder. It means your TMJ joint -- the joint which connects your jaw and your skull -- is inflamed, which can often cause severe pain.

Bedford South Dentistry can help if you suffer from jaw pain in Bedford

TMJ/Facial pain

At Bedford South Dentistry, "TMJ syndrome" is what we commonly call Temporomandibular joint disorder. It means your TMJ joint -- the joint which connects your jaw and your skull -- is inflamed, which can often cause severe pain.

Common symptoms of TMJ syndrome:

  • Pain or difficulty while biting/chewing
  • Clicking or popping sound when opening or closing your mouth
  • Dull, aching pain in your face, ears or jaw
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Neck or shoulder pain

People feel TMJ pain in varying degrees, and there are many potential causes.

Common causes of TMJ pain:

  • Clenching or grinding your teeth
  • Malalignment of your teeth
  • Jaw thrusting
  • Excessive gum chewing
  • Excessive nail-biting
  • Joint disease, such as osteoarthritis
  • Lack of overbite

There are different ways to end the pain and discomfort caused by TMJ syndrome. If your teeth are misaligned, dental work may be required to restore proper occlusion. We can fit you with a special guard that will prevent your teeth from being damaged and keep your jaw from clenching while you sleep.

Call Bedford South Dentistry today to learn more about TMJ treatment in Bedford.

FAQs -- Click to reveal the answers to TMJ questions

Q: How do I know if I have an inflamed temporomandibular joint (TMJ)?

A: Common symptoms of an inflamed temporomandibular joint include pain or difficulty while biting and chewing, a clicking or popping sound when opening or closing your mouth, aching pain in your face, ears or jaw, headaches, migraines, and or neck or shoulder pain. If you are regularly experiencing any of these symptoms, please make an appointment to see a dentist.

Q: I think I have TMJ syndrome. What did I do to cause this?

A: There are a variety of reasons for developing an inflamed temporomandibular joint and many of the reasons can't be controlled. However, the problem can be fixed, so you should focus instead on working with us to find a solution to end the pain.