What are TMJ disorders?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jawbone to the skull. TMJ disorders can affect normal jaw function and are frequently intensified by stress, often causing discomfort in the cheek, jaw, or ear areas.
Patients who are experiencing jaw pain or headaches may be suffering from TMJ disorder. That’s where your Lakeville Dental professionals come in. With the help of our new technology and unique skill sets, we can help you achieve a comfortable and functional position for your bite. We can usually eliminate TMJ disorder (TMD) with conservative orthopedic care.
Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders:
- Soreness in the cheek or jaw area
- Pain in or around the ears
- Facial pain
- Tight jaws
- Popping or clicking sounds when opening mouth
- Locking of the jaw
- Difficulty chewing
How are TMJ disorders treated?
To treat TMJ disorders, the cause must first be identified. In less severe cases, TMJ disorders can be treated with self-managed care (eating soft foods, using ice packs, avoiding extreme jaw movement) or nonsurgical treatments (anti-inflammatory medications, BOTOX® injections, stabilization splints).
We can take away those TMJ symptoms with conservative and convenient treatments. Our TMJ appliances are custom-fit to each individual patient. They are worn during sleep to relax the muscles and better align the jaw. These devices help to alleviate stresses on the temporomandibular joint. Made of durable, flexible plastic, an occlusal guard can be made for either the upper or lower jaw depending on the clenching or grinding habit. Oral appliances are evaluated at each dental visit.