Have you noticed your jaw clicks or that it’s uncomfortable when you eat? Do you suffer from chronic headaches or jaw pain? If you are experiencing these symptoms, we can help. Greenway Family Dental offers TMJ therapy for our patients suffering from aching jaw muscles.
What is TMJ?
TMJ stands for “temporomandibular joint,” the delicate joint that connects your lower jaw to your head. This joint is a complicated network of nerves and ligaments. When it is not properly aligned, discomfort occurs.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder (TMD)
The following symptoms are often experienced by those with TMJ disorder:
- Pain in the jaw, face, ear, or mouth
- Worn teeth
- Difficulty chewing
- Muscle spasms
- Clicking or locking of the jaw
- Tension in neck or shoulders
What Causes TMD?
If you grind your teeth at night or clench your jaw regularly, you could be damaging important joints and you may eventually experience TMD. In addition, a blow to your jaw or a whiplash injury can often cause TMD.
Similarly, opening your mouth too wide can tear your ligaments and cause dislocation. Some patients simply have a misaligned bite which causes their TMD. Whatever the reasons for your TMD, we can help.
We Can Help
Initially, Dr. Steele will thoroughly examine your teeth, jaw, and bite. We use Tekscan equipment to help us get the most accurate picture of your bite, which then helps us determine the right TMJ therapy for you.
One of the ways we treat TMJ disorder is with a technology called NTI-TSS. This appliance fits snugly over your front teeth, preventing the back teeth from coming together. You’ll wear it while sleeping and it will allow your jaw muscles to relax. Most of our patients find that it makes a difference after only a few nights of use. It also leads to a lessening of headaches in many patients.
If you’re tired of dealing with the discomfort and annoyance caused by your TMJ, give us a call today. Dr. Steele will perform a thorough examination to determine the cause of your TMJ to help him find the right solution for you. Decreasing the tension in your face, jaw, neck, and shoulders can help relieve stress and improve your overall health.