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TMJ Treatment and Appliances

TMJD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, refers to a group of disorders affecting the joint that joins the lower jaw to the skull (temporomandibular joint, or TMJ). This disorder often results in discomfort or pain, difficulty with the jaw, earaches, and migraines. There are many causes of TMJD, including, but not limited to:

  • Trauma to the jaw or TMJ
  • Arthritis
  • Grinding of the teeth
  • Jaw clenching
  • Misaligned bite
  • Poor posture
  • Stress
  • Dislocation
  • Disease or illness

You may be surprised to learn about some of the seemingly unrelated symptoms of TMJD. Symptoms of TMJD may include:

  • Prevalent pain or soreness in the jaw, especially at certain times of the day
  • A popping or clicking sound when the mouth is opened or closed
  • Trouble opening and closing the mouth or chewing
  • Misaligned bite
  • An earache not caused by infection
  • A toothache not caused by infection or other dental health issues
  • Jaw pain when chewing, biting, yawning or speaking
  • A ‘locked’ or stiff jaw when chewing, biting, yawing, or speaking
  • Recurring tension headaches or migraines, especially if present upon waking
  • Recent changes to your bite

There are many ways to treat TMJD, just as there are many causes and symptoms. Our office uses the latest treatment options and TMJ appliances to manage your condition. We will discuss with you your options for TMJD treatment. If you are interested in learning more about TMJD and what we can do for you, please give us a call. We are happy to care for all of your dental needs.