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What is TMJ?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint and problems in this joint may be caused by a misalignment of the teeth, trauma, or excess muscle tension. Cartilage buffers the two bones and five muscles that meet, but any problems in this area can create quite a bit of pain and biting difficulties.
Symptoms of TMJ include:
• Trouble/soreness opening and closing the mouth
• Clicking or popping of the jaw
• Pain in the jaw muscles
• Soreness in the area, sometimes extending to the face
Treatment for TMJ
Dental treatments Dr. Moss preforms for the condition in his Lafayette office can include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite, and filling gaps between teeth. There is no one solution that is right for all cases. Occasionally a plastic mouthpiece is used to prevent clenching or grinding that is contributing to the problem. If untreated, and in severe cases, surgery may be required to repair a badly damaged joint.
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