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TMJ Treatment

An imbalanced bite can trigger a range of problems as the jaw joints overcompensate in order to achieve a balanced resting position.

TMJ disorder treatment with a dentist can achieve the balance needed to stop inflammation, facial pain, headaches, and other symptoms.

What can TMJ treatment do for you?

TMJ Treatment Can Provide...

Relief

Treatment can eradicate symptoms such as headaches, jaw joint pain, a locked jaw, and clicking when opening and closing your mouth.

Long-Term Benefits

By realigning the jaw, your dentist can prevent long-term harm, such as worn teeth, increased vulnerability to tooth decay, and serious joint damage.

A Better Quality of Life

In the long run, TMJ treatment can improve your quality of life by relieving persistent and often debilitating symptoms that can compromise your mood and general wellbeing.

Reduced Expense

In the long run, early TMJ treatment minimizes the need for repeated and expensive procedures later in life.

How does misalignment contribute to TMJ disorder?

Am I likely to develop the condition?

Women Are at Much Higher Risk for TMJ Disorder

TMJ disorder is twice as common in women as it is in men

*According to the Cells Tissues Organs

How can treatment help?

Seeking Treatment Can Ease...

Woman holding hand to cheek Teeth Grinding

One of the most common causes of TMJ disorder is teeth grinding. Consequently, most treatments target and alleviate this condition.

Diagram of jaw Jaw Pain

Discomfort in your jaw can interfere with many daily activities, from speech to eating your favorite crunchy foods.

Misaligned smile Orthodontic Misalignment

TMJ disorder can also undermine your bite, as well. Treatment for this underlying condition is often the first step to realigning your smile.

Do I qualify for any treatments?

Treatment Is Recommended if You...

Are Still in Pain

You should contact a doctor if your symptoms do not resolve on their own.

Can't Open Jaw Fully

If you have trouble chewing or speaking properly, you probably need treatment.

Are in Good Health

You need to be in good health to undergo surgery for more severe cases.

Do I really need to see a doctor?

When in Doubt, Have It Checked Out

Unlike a toothache, the symptoms of TMJ disorder are often easy to dismiss as stress. In fact, stress is sometimes a major contributing factor. However, because pain and other symptoms are not always persistent, it might be tempting to delay making an appointment. The longer you wait, though, the more damage the condition can cause.

How does TMJ disorder develop in the first place?

What can I expect at the doctor's?

Consultation and Diagnosis

Evaluating Your Condition

During the initial consultation, your doctor will evaluate your case by reviewing your medical history, asking about your symptoms, and examining your bite.

Taking X-Rays

X-rays allow your dentist to analyze the way in which your jaws and teeth meet. A cone beam scanner may also be used to evaluate the state of your jaw joints.

Recommending Treatment

If your dentist determines that malocclusion or other conditions are placing stress on the jaw joints, they can recommend a number of treatment options. In some cases, it may be necessary to refer you to a specialist.

What kinds of treatments are available?

TMJ Disorder Can Be Relieved Through:

Custom Mouthguards

Custom mouthguards can prevent you from damaging your teeth while grinding during sleep.

Orthodontics

Orthodontics can align the jaws and allow the teeth to meet properly.

Prosthodontics

Prosthodontics such as dental crowns can restore a balanced bite.

Reshaping Teeth

Reshaping certain teethcan achieve better balance and relieve tension in the TMJs.

BOTOX® Medical

BOTOX injections can relax strained jaw muscles.

Medications

Your doctor may recommend pain relievers or anti-inflammatories to ease discomfort, low doses of antidepressants to control bruxism, or muscle relaxants to reduce spasms.

Surgery

In serious cases and only as a last resort, surgery can repair the joints.

With a correct diagnosis, treatment can have a life-changing impact...

Illustration of jaw joint after treatment

Easing Your Discomfort

Untreated TMJ disorder is often uncomfortable at best and debilitating at worst. In many cases, it is also accompanied by a slew of distracting or unpleasant side effects. By realigning your jaw, a doctor can reduce or even eliminate these symptoms. Not only will you ease discomfort in your daily life, but you also won't have to be overly careful when yawning or eating.

You don't have to feel alone...

TMJ Disorder Is Extremely Common

Some estimates suggest that TMJ disorders affect over 10 million Americans.

National Health Institute

However, with proper care, most cases are temporary...

Relieve Pain and Protect Your Oral Health

TMJ disorder can take a considerable toll on your quality of life by causing severe and ongoing discomfort. Those suffering from TMJ disorder often do not realize thata dentist can provide significant relief through treatment that helps your jaws meet properly. If you are experiencing jaw or facial pain, headaches, or unexplained tingling in your extremities, schedule an exam today.

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