TMJ & TMD Treatments

Understanding TMJ and TMD Symptoms and Treatment

Have you ever noticed a painful clicking or popping when you open or close your mouth, persistent headaches or migraines or experienced a sense of clogging or congestion in one or both of your ears? These are just a handful of symptoms that may be associated with Temporomandibular Dysfunction, commonly known as TMD, a prevalent condition impacting the jaw joint, also referred to as the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ).

What is TMJ and TMD? 

TMJ, or the Temporomandibular Joint, refers to the two joints connecting your lower jaw to the temporal bone on each side of your head. These flexible joints allow for smooth jaw movements, such as talking, chewing, and yawning. When the TMJ functions abnormally, it leads to Temporomandibular Dysfunction, commonly known as TMD.

TMD encompasses a range of conditions resulting from abnormal TMJ function or positioning, often manifesting as pain, muscle spasms, and jaw issues. It typically arises when teeth are missing, misaligned, crowded, or misshaped, disrupting the balanced movements required for chewing and biting. Consequently, the TMJ and chewing muscles attempt to compensate for this imbalance, leading to symptoms confirming the presence of TMD.

TMJ and TMD Treatment Options:

Nightguard: Our specially designed nightguard, worn during sleep, alleviates TMJ discomfort and protects teeth from grinding and clenching during the night.

Muscle Therapy: Muscle therapy techniques are incorporated into the treatment plan to relieve muscle tension and discomfort linked to TMJ issues.

Occlusal Guard: Also known as a bite guard, an occlusal guard is recommended to reduce the risks associated with an incorrect bite. This helps minimize sensitivity, gum recession, and the chances of fractures.

Trigger Point Therapy: Treatment of Trigger Points, or “knots”, in the jaw muscles or even neck and shoulder muscles can help alleviate myofascial pain related to those muscles.  This can be done with local anesthetic or with BOTOX®/Xeomin®

BOTOX®/Xeomin® Dentistry for TMJ:

The use of BOTOX®/Xeomin® in dentistry is a cutting-edge technique offering an alternative approach to relieve symptoms associated with teeth grinding, including TMJ headaches and facial pain. It affects muscles by inhibiting or limiting their ability to contract. BOTOX®/Xeomin® has shown effectiveness in alleviating chronic tension-type headaches (TTH) and reducing teeth clenching and grinding, which can lead to tooth wear, TMJD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder), muscular pain, joint locking, and noise. Patients with TMJ dislocation have reported reduced episodes of discomfort with BOTOX®/Xeomin® treatments.

Associated Dentists is certified by the American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE) to perform BOTOX®/Xeomin® treatments for dental patients and each treatment is tailored to the patient’s specific needs.

For more information and to schedule an appointment, please reach out to us. We’re here to provide you with personalized care and relief from TMJ and TMD symptoms.

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