The TMJ or temporomandibular joint is located in your jaw. It is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw to the temporal bones on each side of the skull. This joint is what allows you to chew and open and close your mouth.
TMD, or Temporomandibular Disorder, is any misalignment or condition that causes pain in the TMJ joint and its adjoining muscles. This disorder has traditionally been referred to as just “TMJ”.
Bite adjustments and additional therapies are used to attempt to relieve the pain of TMJ.Treatment of TMJ starts with an indepth exploration of the mouth and jaw to learn the source of the problem.
"Bite Therapy" is employed to discover the cause of TMJ and to initiate deep-rooted pain relief. Utilizing the most current technology, our dentists are able to measure the pressure exerted throughout your mouth. When teeth are misaligned, we create a plan for restorative dental work that will correct the malocclusion and provide TMJ pain relief.
"Mouth Guards" are the first step of non surgical treatment. Then, the application of "Bite Therapy Principles" is initiated, along with the necessary tools that will evaluate the root cause of the misalignment or stresses that are creating the issues in the first place.
There are a number of exercises that may go a long way toward eliminating the subconscious clenching and grinding of the teeth that contributes to the pain and creates stress on the jaw and surrounding muscles.
At TMJ,we thoroughly understand the pain and frustration one endures with temporomandibular joint dysfunction and pain. We explore your lifestyle to learn the issues that are creating the TMJ disorder so that we can treat the source of the problem and not just the symptom.
It may be necessary to repair the crowns of your teeth that have been worn down from bruxism (grinding teeth) or include the use of custom-made oral splints, night guards, and various pain management techniques. Additional therapies may also prove beneficial, such as chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, nutrition, or osteopathy.
Chronic pain may be relieved by over the counter anti inflammatory medications. Temporal massage while sitting up straight with a relaxed neck might be useful in relieving some of the discomfort.
When nothing that you do on your own will relieve the pain, a visit to our TMJ practitioners may be the solution. Your quality of life will definitely improve once your TMJ pain is removed.