The temporomandibular joint consists of not just the jaw joint but also the discs, muscles and ligaments that ensure the joints can do their job. All the parts of the joint work together so that you can open and close your mouth, bite, chew, speak and yawn. Anything that interferes with this complex system can lead to a painful condition called TMJ. If you suffer from symptoms of TMJ, our dentist offers treatments that can bring you relief.
Causes of TMJ can vary widely and include injury, malocclusion, bruxism, stress and arthritis. Proper diagnosis is the first step towards achieving TMJ relief. At your appointment, our dentist will examine your jaw to determine the range of movement, degree of tenderness and other symptoms. We will take your dental and family history and record your symptoms. This helps us ensure an accurate diagnosis and provide you with much-needed TMJ relief.
There is no single treatment or cure that will provide relief for all cases of TMJ. However, we can address specific symptoms and underlying causes using a variety of conservative and minimally invasive treatment options when appropriate. These can include rest, cool or warm compresses, a soft diet, relaxation techniques, physical therapy, stress reduction techniques, pain relievers, muscle relaxants, anti-anxiety drugs, antidepressants, anti-inflammatory drugs and a night guard or bite splint. Botox or corticosteroid injections can be beneficial for some patients, and others may benefit from having their bite adjusted through enamel contouring or orthodontic treatment.
Call our office today to schedule your appointment so that we can develop your individualized treatment plan to restore comfort and health to your jaw joint.