A TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is brought on by stress on the cartilage in your jaw, which helps connect your lower jaw to your skull. If you have a TMJ disorder, you will experience pain in your jaw, neck or head and you may have problems eating, speaking and moving your jaw in general. A TMJ disorder can be caused by an injury or brought on by grinding or clenching your teeth—a condition which is known as bruxism. Believe it or not, your posture can be a factor in TMJ as can the alignment of your smile.
On some occasions, surgery is needed to address the problem, however, our dentists have non-surgical solutions for helping you get some relief from TMJ discomfort, but before they begin creating your custom-made appliance, they will need to know the extent of the disorder, where the pressure on your jaw is occurring and where they should focus their efforts. In order to do this, Dr. Tom A. Stamas and Dr. Kathy Stamas-Couston will use a TMJ scan and joint vibration analysis in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, to better understand your TMJ issues and create the best possible treatment plan for you, your smile and your oral health. To learn more about how this process works, call 262-567-8386 today to plan your visit.