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TMJ/TMD Therapy

TMJ/TMD Therapy

Relieve Chronic Pain

TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint, which is the joint that connects the top of the jaw to the skull. When a patient is suffering from TMD, or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, that means that they are clenching their teeth, usually while they sleep, and putting a lot of pressure on these joints. TMD can lead to intense chronic pain that takes over a patients’ life and makes it difficult for them to enjoy their favorite daily activities. Contact us to learn more about our TMJ services.

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Questions About TMJ

  • What are the signs of TMJ?

    One of the main indications that a patient may be suffering from TMD is persistent pain in their face, ear, jaw, or mouth. Other signs include:

    • Waking up with a sore or stiff jaw
    • Jaw clicking and popping
    • Frequent headaches
    • Difficulty chewing or opening mouth
  • Does TMJ go away on its own?

    Some patients only experience TMJ-related issues when they are undergoing a stressful time in their lives, in which case their TMJ problems will ease after a while. However, there are many patients who experience TMJ symptoms often enough that it is worth seeking treatment. If a patient does not seek treatment for frequent jaw clenching, they may end up causing irreversible damage to their teeth. In serious cases, TMJ can cause painful jaw problems like lockjaw and jaw dislocation. If you experience TMJ symptoms on a semi-regular basis, we recommend seeking treatment.

  • How can a dentist help relieve my TMJ symptoms?

    If you know your TMJ is stress-related, we recommend practicing relaxation techniques and trying to manage your stress levels. There are also physical therapy exercises you can use to stretch your facial muscles. We can help you with these methods, and our team can also create a custom oral appliance that will help prevent pressure from being placed on your Temporomandibular Joint. These comfortable mouth guards prevent the jaw from clenching, which works to drastically reduce many TMJ symptoms. Schedule a consultation with our team today.

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