TMJ Treatments

“The jaw joint called the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) has a disk, ligaments and multiple muscles that work in unison allowing the jaw to function properly. Sometimes the TMJ can cause pain called TMD. The pain can be chronic or spontaneous.”

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Symptoms of TMD:

  • Headaches
  • Clicking or popping of the joint
  • Difficulty opening and closing the jaw
  • Sore jaw muscles
  • Earaches

Causes of TMD:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Joint Imbalance from improper alignment of teeth or missing teeth
  • Disc Injury
  • Overuse (grinding/clenching)
  • Arthritis
  • Trauma

Treatment of TMD:

  • Moist Heat
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs and/or muscle relaxants
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Night Guard
  • Soft Diet
  • Restore joint balance with crowns, adjust your bite, or move teeth
  • Acupuncture
  • Surgery (in rare cases)
  • Botox

If you experience TMD it is important to get an evaluation. Proper treatment of TMD can prevent further damage to the joint and teeth.

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