Shoreline Dental offers advanced and effective treatments for TMJ to help alleviate this painful condition. Our team of dentists is dedicated to providing our patients with the best care possible to help them improve their quality of life.
The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are two small bones that connect your skull to your lower jaw. They allow your jaw to move up and down as well as side-to-side. The TMJ works together with muscles and ligaments to keep your jaws firmly in place. When these joints become inflamed or damaged, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD/TMJ) occurs.
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) can be caused by an injury, stress, arthritis, or other factors. The discomfort may feel like it’s coming from inside your head, but it actually comes from your jaw joints. It can also cause headaches, earaches, jaw pains, and more.
You may experience symptoms like:
If you notice any of these signs, contact us so we can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and determine whether you need TMJ treatment.
There are many different ways to treat TMD. Some people may need surgery to repair their temporomandibular joints. Others find relief through physical therapy, medication, or lifestyle changes.
Some people who have TMJ disorder benefit from physical therapy. We may recommend exercises, massage, heat, ice, and electrical stimulation to reduce pain and strengthen your jaw muscles.
In some cases, surgery may be necessary to correct problems with your TMJs. During this procedure, your dentist may use a special fluid to lubricate the joints and reduce friction, or they may need to remove scar tissue or replace the joint altogether. The level of surgery you need will depend on what is causing your TMJ pain.
People who suffer from TMD often take medications to relieve the pain. These include anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin, acetaminophen, and others. Other medications used to treat TMD include muscle relaxants, antidepressants, anticonvulsant drugs, and sleep aids.
TMJ disorder is sometimes caused by stress or anxiety. There are many things you can to do help allievate stress, including yoga, meditation, regular exercise, and getting adequate sleep each night.
We understand that TMD can be frustrating and uncomfortable. That’s why our team works diligently to ensure that every patient receives the highest level of service. When you visit Shoreline Dental, you’ll always meet with one of our experienced dentists. They’ll listen carefully to your concerns and explain the treatments available to address your condition. If you’re interested in learning more about TMD/TMJ treatments, schedule a consultation with us today!