Temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the joints and muscles that make up your jaw. They make it possible for you to open and close your mouth, chew, and speak. Each TMJ contains a ball and socket with a disk in between that cushions the load of the joint. Problems that prevent these joints and muscles from working as they should are called TMJ disorders. Drs. David and Augustine Borgmeyer provide treatment for TMJ in St Louis, Missouri.
Jaw pain is often caused by grinding or clenching your teeth. Our dentists may recommend muscle relaxants or stress management. Dental splints can also be used to treat TMJ disorders. They are only used for a short amount of time and relieve the muscle tension and pain in your jaw. In many cases, TMJ disorders are caused by teeth grinding, which usually occurs during sleep. Our dentists may recommend a custom-fitted mouth guard to treat this condition. They will make impressions of your teeth so that the mouth guard can be constructed. When worn during sleep, this mouth guard protects your teeth and jaws from the effects of teeth grinding.
We encourage you to contact Borgmeyer Dental today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.