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There are quite a few different problems you can have with your mouth. From cavities to gum disease, there’s no shortage of issues you need to be on the lookout for. Most people aren’t on the lookout for jaw problems, though, which is surprising given how prevalent they can be.

Specifically, there’s a disorder you can develop called TMJ disorder. Let’s take a closer look at this disorder and how you can handle it.

What is it?
TMJ disorder is the abbreviation for a temporomandibular joint disorder. The TMJ is the joint that connects your jaw bone to your skull. It’s commonly caused by irritation or infection, though a direct blow to the joint can cause problems too. A dentist will be able to give you a concrete diagnosis.

What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of TMJ disorder include a clicking or popping in the jaw, pain that doesn’t go away, chronic headaches, and a feeling that your jaw is misaligned. If any of these symptoms occur, you’ll want to come see Dr. Duston Connaughton or Dr. Whitney Bator as quickly as possible. Otherwise, you run the risk of letting the problem get worse.

How is it treated?
TMJ disorder is usually something that you’ll have to deal with multiple times throughout your life. TMJ is chronic for some people, while it’s only a brief situation for others. Regardless, there are treatment options to suit your various needs.

Some of those treatments include medication to reduce inflammation, jaw exercises to strengthen the TMJ, and at the most extreme, surgery to attempt to fix any problems. The team here at Tree City Family Dental in Boise, Idaho, will work side-by-side with you to determine what the best treatment option is for you.

To make an appointment, or if you have more questions, call us today at 208-286-2699.