TMJ / TMD Treatment

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TMJ/TMD Treatment

Common symptoms include:

  • Pain or tenderness in your face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouth wide
  • Jaws that get "stuck" or "locked" in the open- or closed-mouth position
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when you open or close your mouth or chew. This may or may not be painful.
  • A tired feeling in your face
  • Trouble chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite, as if the upper and lower teeth are not fitting together properly
  • Swelling on the side of your face

Treatment Options for TMD/TMJ:

Medications: Your dentist can prescribe higher doses of anti-inflammatories if you need them for pain and swelling. He might suggest a muscle relaxer to relax your jaw if you grind or clench your teeth. Or an anti-anxiety medication to relieve stress, which may bring on TMD. In low doses, they can also help reduce or control pain.

A splint or night guard: These plastic mouthpieces fit over your upper and/or lower teeth so they don’t touch. They lessen the effects of clenching or grinding and correct your bite by putting your teeth in a more correct position. What’s the difference between them? You wear night guards while you sleep. You use a splint all the time. Your dentist will tell you which type you need.

Dental work: Your dentist can replace missing teeth and use crowns, bridges or braces to balance the biting surfaces of your teeth or to correct a bite problem.

The Bioesthetic approach is a method designed to get to the root cause of your problems by wearing a dental appliance called a MAGO (maxillary anterior guided orthotic). Our patients wear this appliance 24 hours / 7 days a week and even eat with it. Their symptoms often lessen or disappear when wearing the MAGO.

We make adjustments to the MAGO weekly for about 12-14 weeks to stabilize your bite. Once the bite is stabilized, we are able to make a full diagnosis and treatment plan for your oral rehabilitation and treatment of your headaches. Should you choose to go the Bioesthetic route, we offer complimentary mini-seminars monthly for interested patients.

Talk to your dentist about these treatments for TMD and which are right for you. Schedule a consultation at Tennyson Lake Dental; call us at 972-378-3601.