TMJ DISORDERS

Restore Function and Relieve Pain

Are you suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD)?

Find relief and regain your quality of life with our comprehensive TMD treatments at Smile Boutique. Our experienced prosthodontists utilize state-of-the-art technology and personalized care to address your unique needs.

What is TMJ?

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. 

Symptoms of TMJ DISORDERS

  • Pain (jaw, face, ears)
  • Migraine-like headaches
  • Pain and pressure behind eyes
  • Pain, clicking or popping opening and closing mouth
  • Usually caused by a shifting of the disk inside the joint. Clicking does not mean it’s a TMJ issue, because one third of all people have jaw joints that click, studies show. But, if clicking also includes pain or limited jaw function, like the jaw getting stuck open or closed, it’s probably TMJ. 
  • Jaw issues (feels out of join, sore muscles)
  • Usually felt in cheeks and temples where jaw-closing muscles live. Morning soreness and stiffness often means teeth are clenching and/or grinding at night.
  • Jaw Lock

Common causes of TMJ DISORDERS

  • Injury to the jaw, joint, or muscles
  • Teeth clenching (often from stress)
  • Poor posture
  • Disk erosion
  • Arthritis
  • Poor teeth or jaw alignment

Benefits of Treatment

Pain Relief

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.

Long-term Oral Health

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.

Life Change

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. 

Pursuing Treatment

We offer options to relieve and resolve TMJ concerns ranging from dental splints to relaxation techniques and therapies to helpful medications.

  

 1.Assessment

We begin by thoroughly assessing your situation including analyzing your symptoms, evaluating your jaw and mouth, and listening to your concerns.

2.Treatment Options

At Smile Boutique, we offer a range of effective treatment options for TMJ disorders, including:

Occlusal Orthotic Device:

An occlusal orthotic device, also known as a TMJ splint, is a custom-made mouthguard that helps to realign the jaw and alleviate the symptoms of TMJ disorders. It can also prevent teeth grinding and relieve jaw pain.

Occlusal Adjustment:

Occlusal adjustment involves making small alterations to the biting surfaces of the teeth to improve the way the upper and lower teeth fit together. This can help to relieve pressure on the jaw joint and reduce TMJ-related pain.

Restoration for Full Mouth Rehabilitation:

Full mouth rehabilitation involves restoring damaged, missing, or misaligned teeth to improve the function and appearance of the smile. This can include treatments such as dental crowns, bridges, and implants to restore the bite and alleviate TMJ symptoms.

Muscle Relaxation Techniques:

Muscle relaxation techniques such as massage therapy or exercises to stretch and strengthen the jaw muscles can help to reduce tension and alleviate TMJ-related pain.

Orthodontic Treatment:

In cases where misalignment of the teeth or jaw is contributing to TMJ disorders, we may refer patients to an experienced orthodontist who specializes in TMJ-related teeth alignment for treatment.

Joint Surgery:

In cases where the TMJ joint is severely damaged and conservative treatments are not effective, we may refer patients to an experienced oral surgeon specializing in TMJ disorders for joint surgery.

Contact us today for a complimentary TMJ consultation to discover the treatment solution that will work best to restore function and relieve pain.

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