One of the worst feelings is having trouble opening your mouth to talk, eat and drink. Bowtie Dental in Grand Rapids, MI is capable of treating Temporomandibular Joint Disorder gently and comfortably for our patients. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder called TMJ or TMD, has many causes and many treatment options. The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the joints and jaw muscles that make it possible to open and close your mouth. Located on each side of the head, your TMJ work together when you chew, speak or swallow and include muscles and ligaments as well as the jaw bone. They also control the lower jaw (mandible) as it moves forward, backward and side to side.
Each TMJ has a disc between the ball and socket. The disc cushions the load while enabling the jaw to open widely and rotate or glide. Any problem that prevents this complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones from working properly may result in a painful TMJ disorder.
If you are experiencing pain or tenderness of your jaw, difficulty or discomfort while chewing, aching facial pain, locking of the joint making it difficult to open and close your mouth, clicking sounds or a grinding sensation when you open and close, you may need to be evaluated by Dr. Langellier for diagnosis and treatment.
Don’t be discouraged if you are experiencing these symptoms; many treatment options exist, and we are dedicated to finding the right solution for you! If you have tried lifestyle and home remedies and they didn’t work for you, Dr. Langellier will find the treatment or procedures that is right for you.