The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the “hinge” that allows you to open and close your mouth and is comprised of bone, ligaments and cartilage. There are many different indicators, causes and severity of pain associated with the TMJ that can result in dysfunction of the joint and/or the surrounding area. Conditions impacting the TMJ are referred to as temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and frequently present with one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Pain or tenderness in the muscles of the jaw
  • Difficulty chewing or talking
  • Clicking or popping sensation when opening/closing the mouth
  • Discomfort around the ear
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Limited movement or locking of the jaw in the open or closed position

At Kennerly Dental Group, our dentists who treat TMJ utilize state of the art digital radiographic software specifically designed to show the condition of the bone portion of the TMJ if indicated. This technology allows our team of experts to determine if there is any structural damage or arthritic conditions present that may require surgical intervention or a referral to a trusted TMJ specialist.

Whether your TMD condition is the result of trauma, teeth grinding/clenching, an incorrect bite or an arthritic joint, the team of dentists at Kennerly Dental Group are committed to identifying your specific issue and then recommending a TMJ treatment plan that is tailored to your specific condition and symptoms. Treatment of TMD can vary significantly between patients, but may include one or more of the following:

  • Prescription or over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication
  • Muscle relaxant medication
  • Bite adjustment
  • Nightguard
  • Physical therapy (eg. TMJ exercises)
  • Corticosteroid injection
  • Surgery

To learn more about how the team at Kennerly Dental Group can help you address your jaw pain associated with TMD, schedule an appointment with one of our St. Louis area dentists who specialize in the treatment of TMJ related issues. With extended office hours and our gentle and caring office atmosphere, there’s no reason to live in pain any longer. Call us today, (314) 842-5177.