The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw to your skull. It allows you to open and shut your jaw and move it side to side so you can eat, speak, and yawn. Each TMJ has a disc between the ball and socket that cushions the load of the joint. Any issues that hinder the proper function of the TMJ and the associated muscles are known as TMJ disorders. If you experience any of the following symptoms, Gerald V. Hansen, DDS, may treat TMJ in Reno, Nevada:

  • Pain in the face, jaw joint area, neck, and shoulders
  • Issues when you open your mouth wide
  • Jaws that lock open or shut
  • Clicking sounds when you use your jaw
  • A suddenly uncomfortable bite
  • Swelling in the face

If you have a TMJ disorder, our dentist may prescribe a muscle relaxant. One of the most common causes of TMJ disorders is teeth grinding or clenching. Because of this, Dr. Gerald Hansen may recommend a dental splint. This splint is used for a short period of time to relieve muscle tension and pain in the jaw. A custom-made mouth guard may also be suggested. When worn at night, the mouth guard will protect your teeth and jaws from the effects of teeth grinding.

Feel free to contact Hansen Cosmetic Family Dentistry today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.