TMJ Treatment Specialist

Brett R. Warn, D.D.S. -  - General & Cosmetic Dentist

Premier Dental Arts

Brett R. Warn, D.D.S.

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Lawton, OK

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) plays a critical role in the function of your jaw. When this area of your body is not functioning properly, you may experience painful or uncomfortable symptoms that require intervention. Through his practice at Premier Dental Arts, Dr. Brett R. Warn has helped many men and women in the Lawton, Oklahoma area find relief from temporomandibular joint disorders.

TMJ Dentistry

What is temporomandibular joint disorder?

Temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly known as TMJ, is not a single condition, but a group of disorders affecting the temporomandibular joint.

This joint connects the temporal bones of your skull to your jaw. It allows for the movement that supports speech, chewing, and yawning. When this joint doesn’t function properly, a number of negative symptoms can follow.

Some signs of TMJ include the following:

  • Pain in the area of your jaw, face, neck, or shoulders
  • Difficulty fully opening your mouth
  • Popping or clicking sounds when you speak or chew
  • Facial fatigue or swelling

What are the causes of TMJ disorders?

Although there’s no scientific consensus on the condition’s exact cause, it seems that any interference with the joint’s or jaw’s structure can lead to TMJ disorder. That includes teeth grinding at night, arthritis in the joint, a traumatic injury, or even excessive levels of stress.

What are the treatment options for TMJ disorders?

Fortunately, there are numerous treatment options available that can reduce pain and help restore healthy joint function. Some people respond well to medications, while others use special dental appliances that restrict movement, such as a night guard to prevent teeth grinding.

Additional ways to address TMJ symptoms include:

  • Avoiding hard foods
  • Taking care while yawning and chewing
  • Changing habits that place stress on the joint, such as resting your chin in your hand

If pain or discomfort persists, Premier Dental Arts offers fast and easy online scheduling to get you in for an examination.