Do you or someone you know suffer from Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction? Also known as TMJ or TMJD, this condition impacts at least 12 percent of the adult population in American. The condition is more common in females of child-bearing age.
TMJ is a dysfunction of the muscles and joints that move the jaw. It is associated with people with stress and poor sleep habits, as well as those who clench their teeth at night.
Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders include:
TMJ causes jaw pain, but so do other medical conditions. For example, pain associated with coronary artery disease (angina) or heart attacks radiates to the jaw. Arthritis or Trigeminal Neuralgia, a nervous system disease, can also cause extreme facial and jaw pain. So how do you know if your symptoms are from TMJ?
We recommend scheduling an appointment for evaluation and looking for jaw pain in combination with these other symptoms:
Does your TMJ disorder cause persistent jaw pain? Symptoms of TMJ often include headaches, sensitivity, worn and broken teeth, and difficulty opening or closing your jaw completely We diagnose TMJ and provide treatment to help ease the pain associated with this condition.
A thorough examination starts your TMJ treatment. We check your joints and muscles for tenderness, clicking, and movement issues. There are many treatment options. We recommend trying simple treatments before you consider more invasive options.
Using the SICAT Function of our 3D imaging system, Dr. Thompson is able to view anatomically accurate jaw movement in 3D to help diagnosis the cause of TMJ. This all-digital tool is specific to each individual patient and reduces the amount of adjustment needed when using an appliance to treat TMJ. This also saves you time as a patient because we can capture data from the scan, diagnosis the problem, and develop the treatment plan all in one appointment. MJ with these simple lifestyle changes:
Treat your TMJ with these simple lifestyle changes:
If you find that basic treatments do not ease your pain, we recommend a more active approach. We can make a custom-fitted dental appliance you wear to help correct your TMJ-related symptoms.
A dental splint decreases the times you clench and grind your teeth. This reduces your TMJ-related jaw and muscle pains. Some people call these appliances night guards because you wear them while you sleep.
An anterior positioning appliance is another option. You wear this device at night to move your jaw forward. This relieves pressure and aids in disk re-positioning. To help align your jaw, we recommend an orthotic stabilization appliance. You wear these all day or just at night, depending upon your specific needs.
We also can treat TMJ without the use of dental appliances. In some cases, we adjust and reshape your teeth to fix an uneven bite. We suggest the most appropriate therapy for you based on the suspected cause of your TMJ.
Is your TMJ too severe for standard treatments? You have options. We start with a full evaluation and can make a custom-fitted dental appliance for you to wear to help correct your TMJ-related symptoms. Occasionally, we recommend physical therapy and additional treatment by a specialist when your pain and discomfort does not respond to mild treatments or dental appliances.
In rare cases, surgery the most effective option way to relieve the pain associated with your TMJ. We only recommend these surgical procedures if:
We are here to partner with you in the relief of your TMJ-related pain. Your active role in the process speeds up healing, so you can get back to your daily activities without the pain and discomfort!
Follow these tips for a speedy recovery:
Avoid these things to prevent irritation or flare ups: