For those who suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ disorder, simple activities that require jaw movement, like eating and talking, can be painful. Those with TMJ disorder may even suffer from neck pain or constant dull headaches. We offer effective TMJ disorder treatment at Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group. Our team specializes in family dentistry to help you and your entire family enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles. Schedule a consultation at our practice so we can provide you with a personalized diagnosis and treatment plan.
What Is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder is a sometimes painful condition caused by misalignment or inflammation of the joints. This can put stress and strain on the surrounding muscles and the joint itself, leading to pain, discomfort, and headaches. TMJ disorder can be caused by chronic teeth grinding, teeth clenching, malocclusion, or genetics. The symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
- Hearing clicking of the jaw while chewing or moving the jaw
- Difficulty moving the jaw
- Feeling like the jaw is locked in place
- Grinding feeling when moving the jaw
- Jaw pain
- Neck or shoulder muscle pain
- Regular dull headaches
- Tooth pain upon waking from sleep
Treatments for TMJ Disorder
Treating TMJ disorder begins with determining the cause of its symptoms. Once you're evaluated, your dentist will be able to determine the proper treatment to alleviate your TMJ symptoms. Possible treatments for TMJ disorder include:
- Wearing custom-fitted mouth guards: Some people experience TMJ symptoms as a result of teeth grinding or clenching of the jaws while sleeping. Custom-fitted mouth guards can be worn during sleep to reduce the strain and stress teeth grinding and clenching can put on the jaws, reducing the symptoms of TMJ disorder.
- Practicing jaw exercises and stretches: Jaw exercises and stretching can help strengthen the muscles that control jaw movement, thereby reducing the symptoms of TMJ disorder.
- Reducing stress in your life: Some patients' TMJ disorder symptoms are exacerbated by stress, specifically by stress-related teeth clenching. Practicing calming activities like walking, meditation, or yoga can help reduce stress and alleviate stress-related TMJ disorder.
- Seeking orthodontic treatment: Malocclusion, or a “bad bite,” can cause the jaw to move out of alignment, leading to TMJ disorder. Treating malocclusion with orthodontics can help reduce the symptoms of TMJ disorder.
- Undergoing oral surgery: In severe cases, oral surgery may be the best option for treatment of TMJ disorder. There are different types of oral surgery to address TMJ issues. Arthroscopy or open-joint surgery may be required to correct the shape of the jaw joint and alleviate TMJ disorder.
Find Out Which Treatment Is Right for You
TMJ disorder can make eating painful and talking difficult. It can also lead to constant headaches and neck pain. Don't let TMJ disorder keep you from enjoying life to the fullest. Seek relief from TMJ disorder today. To find out which treatments are right for you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group.