Easing Discomfort With TMJ Treatment

November 1, 2023
When you experience daily discomfort related to your jaw and head, this could be due to issues like TMJ disorder. To avoid major discomfort and improper bite balance, we can offer treatment. At your Maple Grove, MN, dental office, our team can ease the discomfort of TMJ disorder and offer treatment, often with a simple oral appliance!

The Causes and Impacts of TMJ Treatment

TMJ disorder could occur as a result of poor bite balance, misalignment, tooth loss, arthritis, damage to the jaw joints, teeth grinding, or even stress. The disorder then develops and could alter how we open and close our mouth, and could lead to a host of uncomfortable symptoms. We will examine your smile to assess the factors behind your TMJ concerns, and to help us choose the most appropriate treatment option to restore health and balance to your bite once more, so you avoid painful symptoms.

The Uncomfortable Symptoms

People with the disorder may experience stiffness in the jaw, headaches and migraines, popping or clicking in the jaw, neck and shoulder pain, or discomfort when you yawn or eat. Our teeth could wear down, or become broken, loose, or chipped. You could experience tooth sensitivity when you eat and speak too.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Our team will conduct a detailed diagnosis with digital imagery so we can assess the cause and extent of your TMJ disorder. Our team could recommend pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications to ease muscles and jaw strain. You could also place a warm washcloth to the side of the face. Eating soft foods and avoiding caffeinated products can be helpful too. With a custom-made oral appliance, you wear a device that looks and fits like a mouthguard as you rest. The device then repositions the jaw to ease strain and prevent further symptoms, so you can protect your smile from discomfort and injury. The device is then easy to clean, store, and use.

We may also need restorative dental work to improve the bite balance, such as the use of bonding and contouring, or even the placement of custom dental crowns. Orthodontics could address misalignment, and we could use dental prosthetics to address the missing teeth. If you have any questions about how we diagnose and treat issues like TMJ disorder, then contact our team today to learn more.

Our Maple Grove, MN, And Additional Clinics Offer Treatment for Jaw Joint Strain

Our team wants to help you find a solution to headaches and jaw pain. If you would like to find out more about easing your jaw joint strain, call our Maple Grove, MN clinic at (763) 416-9990. Don’t live with pain in and around your smile, enjoy relief with a custom oral appliance from our team.