What is TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your lower jaw to the temporal bone of the skull. Located directly in front of each ear, the TMJ is responsible for allowing your jaw to move properly and comfortably. Due to stress, teeth grinding, or other factors, the TMJ can become damaged, resulting in TMJ disorders. Common symptoms of TMJ disorder include:

  • Inability to open your mouth wide without pain
  • A stuck or locked jaw
  • Grinding, popping, or clicking sounds when you move your jaw
  • Pain or tenderness in the jaw

At Creekside Dental Ellensburg, we provide TMJ treatment in Ellensburg, Washington to help relieve pain and maintain good oral health.

What is TMJ treatment?

There are multiple types of TMJ treatment available to treat TMJ disorders. These TMJ treatment options include certain medications, custom-made bite guards known as oral splints, or oral surgery. Drs. Packard and Packard, our skilled dentists, will perform a thorough examination of your jaw and mouth to determine what type of TMJ treatment will work best for you. If you would like to learn more about TMJ treatment, we welcome you to contact our dental office to schedule a visit today.