Gentle, Corrective TMJ Treatment
TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) problems are painful and wide-ranging: headaches, jaw stiffness, worn broken down teeth – the list goes on and on. We want to help you get back to living comfortably and symptom-free.
We will perform a thorough examination of this complex and carefully coordinated system of joints, bone, and muscle which is designed to work together in an efficient, effortless yet synchronized way. When just one part of this equation is off, imbalance and eventually pain occurs.
We work with patients to better understand and fully explain exactly what is causing their discomfort.
Common TMD causes include arthritis, stress, and jaw misalignment. We’ll also look for signs of bruxism — or clenching and/or grinding of the teeth — another contributing factor to TMD. Patients frequently do this without even knowing it, oftentimes in their sleep, and stress is usually to blame. This hidden habit doesn’t go unnoticed. Besides TMJ discomfort, we will look for symptoms of bruxism such as worn, broken, and cracked teeth.
From facial pain and headaches to toothaches and earaches, TMD is often be to blame.
There are a number of effective, corrective treatments we can assess and employ based on a patient’s individual case. “Bite splints” are commonly used and can hold your jaw in a therapeutic position. Depending on the nature of your misalignment and the type of discomfort you’re experiencing, the splint may protect your teeth against potential grinding, relieve tension from a clenched jaw, and/or hold your mouth in a way that repositions your bite appropriately