November is a month to celebrate plenty of occasions. However, it has also been set aside as TMJ Awareness Month. TMJ, short for temporomandibular joint (disorder), is a condition whereby the jaw does not open and close correctly. Individuals with TMJ experience discomfort and pain when yawning, eating, speaking and even resting.

Some of the symptoms most associated with TMJ include jaw pain, a clicking sound when the jaw moves, a jaw that “sticks” or “locks”, pain that radiates into the neck/shoulders/temples and a feeling that the teeth do not fit together. Each indicator should be taken seriously, as untreated TMJ in Miami, FL, can lead to everything from tooth decay and teeth grinding to insomnia and daytime fatigue.

What to Do If You Think You Might Have TMJ Disorder

If you think TMJ is affecting your life, make an appointment with your preferred periodontist. A periodontist like Dr. Bradley Ross will be able to evaluate your condition and determine if you seem to have the signs of TMJ. Plus, he may recommend that you reduce your jaw pain with a simple, in-house procedure called an occlusal adjustment.

During an occlusal adjustment, your periodontist will carefully examine where and how your top and bottom molars meet. Then, he will systematically file the tops of certain teeth to help them fit more naturally. The overarching goal of any TMJ-related occlusal adjustment is for you to be able to experience less or no discomfort when your jaw is resting in a normal closed position.

Occlusal adjustments take relatively little time compared to more invasive treatments, and can make a world of difference for TMJ sufferers. Plus, their positive outcomes can be multiplied with the accompaniment of other dental TMJ solutions such as perfectly fitted appliances worn at night to reduce tooth grinding and promote a neutral jaw position.

There is no need to live with TMJ disorder. Talk to us today and make an appointment to discuss your experiences with Dr. Ross.