The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) on either side of your head connect your jaw to your skull, allowing your jaw to function properly – opening and closing your mouth, chewing, speaking. Because they can move in many different directions (forward, back, sideways), these joints are some of the most complex in your body. Inflammation of the jaw joint or other issues with these joints is called TMJ disorder.
Treatment with our team can relieve persistent TMJ symptoms like headaches, a locked jaw, clicking when opening the mouth, and pain around the jaw joint.
TMJ can cause long-term oral health issues like worn teeth, decayed teeth, or more serious joint damage. Treatment restores proper function to help your jaw and mouth work as intended.
If you've been living with TMJ, you’ve probably been modifying your life to minimize your symptoms. Headaches may limit your social engagements. Difficulty chewing may impact your diet. Discomfort may have you using more pain medication. Treatment can dramatically change your life for the better.
We offer options to relieve and resolve TMJ concerns ranging from dental splints to relaxation techniques and therapies to helpful medications.
We begin by thoroughly assessing your situation including analyzing your symptoms, evaluating your jaw and mouth, and listening to your concerns.
Usually, we will use a bite plate or splint to keep your upper teeth from grinding against your lower teeth
Because TMJ is related to tooth and jaw alignment issues, sometimes orthodontic treatment can help resolve the symptoms.
Used with guidance from our team, hot and cold packs can help alleviate pain
Carefully prescribed muscle relaxing medications can relieve the tension in your jaw and the related pain
We share relaxation techniques to reduce the amount of tension you may unknowingly hold in your jaw. When the tension goes, so does the pain.
In more extreme cases, surgery may be needed to alleviate TMJ symptoms.
Contact us today for a complimentary TMJ consultation to discover the treatment solution that will work best to restore function and relieve pain.