TMJ Treatment Options
Do you notice pain or a popping sound when opening your mouth or chewing? You may have a TMJ disorder. TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, which helps you move your jaw in all directions. Without it, you couldn't chew, speak, or swallow!
A TMJ disorder affects the joint and associated muscles, ligaments, and bone. They are caused by a combination of issues, including jaw alignment problems and chronic teeth grinding.
TMJ disorders have many symptoms, some overlapping with other conditions, making diagnosing difficult. Some symptoms include difficulty opening and closing your mouth and pain around your ears, neck, and jaw.
Treatment Options for TMJ Disorders
Several options are available for treating your TMJ disorder, including non-surgical techniques.
A custom-fit night guard protects your teeth from the discomfort caused by clenching and grinding. A professional night guard is designed to fit the specific shape of your teeth and jaw, creating more comfort and relief than over-the-counter products.
TMJ disorder treatment has advanced significantly. The self-adjusting oral splint has emerged as a leading non-surgical treatment method. This appliance helps maintain a comfortable position for the jaw by putting the bite in the proper place. Maintaining the correct bite can relieve TMJ symptoms without drugs or surgery.
Laser therapy (PBMT) effectively treats pain associated with TMJ disorders. It is a light therapy that improves tissue repair that stimulates blood flow to the affected area, reducing pain and inflammation. Relief from laser therapy may last for several months.
Evidence suggests that neurotoxin injections, like Botox, can relieve discomfort caused by TMJ disorders. These injections relax the muscles, allowing the jaw and teeth to align correctly.
Get Help For Your TMJ Discomfort
Contact Pinnacle Dental today to learn how we can help alleviate the pain associated with your TMJ disorder as well as other conditions such as teeth grinding (bruxism) and other symptoms that a TMJ disorder causes. You can book online or request an appointment at our Grove City dental office.