You may spend most of your life unaware of the important little triangular-shaped joints located in front of your ears. Under normal conditions, they join your lower jaw and temporal bone, allowing your mouth to open and close easily. However, stress or an improper bite can cause inflammation and cartilage damage that creates pain. The resulting TMJ disorder, or TMD, can create a variety of mild to severe symptoms, from jaw clicking and minor discomfort to sharp pain in your temple, ear, neck, and shoulders.
The condition is very common in our culture, so we evaluate patients for TMJ dysfunction at their regular dental exam. If we detect a problem, our goals are to arrest it, protect teeth from further damage, and correct underlying bite misalignment. Therapy may involve fitting you with a physiologic bite appliance, suggesting ways to alleviate stress, and recommending symptom relief measures. Typically, TMJ patients need to avoid chewing gum or hard, chewy food, take small bites, and alternate chewing between both sides of the mouth.
Experience personalized dental care for a lifetime of healthy smiles. At Bonness Family Dentistry, our focus is always on you. Call our Camby, IN dental office today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Ann Bonness or Dr. Richard Bonness and discover quality care for your family dentistry needs. Our dental practice in Camby serves patients in Mooresville, Plainfield, Indianapolis, Monrovia, Martinsville, and the surrounding areas.