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The essential function of your mouth relies on the smooth and comfortable function of the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw. As time goes by certain lifestyle factors can influence the health and function of these complex joints.

This could be related to a past dislocation of a temporomandibular joint, a broken jaw, chronic tension from bruxism or the chronic presence of inflammation. Early symptoms of TMJ disorder often manifest as a pain in front of the ears or temples, as well as mild pain when biting down. Many TMJ disorder sufferers will also experience a persistent ache in the joints, uncomfortable clicking, or an alarming lockup of one the joints.

A professional diagnosis from one of our orthodontic specialists can help develop an effective treatment strategy. Once we assess the severity of the TMJ disorder and any contributing factors, we can help you understand your options for symptom reduction.   

This might involve eating a diet consisting of more soft foods, taking a daily dose of anti-inflammatory medication, as well as using hot or cold packs to soothe jaw muscles. In some cases, basic facial stretches and wearing a dental guard in your mouth can also be beneficial.

If you continue to experience TMJ disorder symptoms after a few weeks we might advocate a more advanced treatment strategy.

If you live in the Sapulpa, Oklahoma, area and you have noticed the early signs of TMJ disorder, you should call 918-224-0369 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment at Carletti Dentistry and Associates. Dr. J. Andrew Carletti, Dr. Lesley Maxwell, and Dr. Cameron Craig are here to help you maintain a healthier smile!