Restorative Dentistry

TMJ TREATMENT:

TMJ, or TMD, is a condition in which the joints that hinge the muscles and jawbone are not working properly. Common TMJ symptoms can include: tooth pain and sensitivity, tooth wear, jaw and neck muscle tension, clicking in the jaw joint, tightness when opening and closing the mouth, and tension headaches. TMJ disorders can be treated with appliance therapy ( i.e., nightguard ), lifestyle adjustments, or in extreme cases, surgery. Also note, that a custom made athletic guard is recommended for all athletes who participate in contact sports. A form fitting guard can prevent teeth and jaw damage.

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), located at the junction between the lower jaw and the temporal bone at the side of the head, is one of the more complex joints in the body. Muscle problems, stress, and bruxism (grinding and clenching of the teeth at night) can cause pain, popping, clicking, and locking of the joint. People experiencing a TMJ disorder often complain of headaches, earaches, neck pains, muscle pains, and other craniofacial problems. We can accurately assess and effectively treat TMJ problems early on, minimizing or eliminating any pain or discomfort you would experience if untreated. We have many specially designed treatments to remedy a TMJ disorder including custom-made bite plates and retainers.

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