TMJ Treatment Provides Effective Relief
Do you wake with a clenched jaw, experience sensitivity while chewing, or suffer from pain and swelling in your lower face? If you do, you may suffer from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. TMJ disorder causes considerable pain and discomfort, can lead to chipped and fractured teeth, and can severely impact your oral health and quality of life.
What is TMJ Disorder?
The TMJs are hinge joints that connect the lower jaw to the skull. Their movement is essential to perform daily activities like speaking and chewing. If the TMJs become injured, eroded, or displaced, it can cause problems with the jaw and surrounding tissues. Stress, trauma, and the presence of rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, can all affect the TMJs. If the bite is imbalanced because of dental misalignment or other conditions, the TMJs must overcompensate to make the jaws meet comfortably, and over time, it can take a considerable toll.
Symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
- Clicking or popping sounds when opening or closing your mouth
- Pain and tenderness in the teeth, jaw, face, neck, and shoulders
- Swelling on the side of the face
- Limited range of motion or trouble opening the mouth wide
- Difficulty chewing
- An unbalanced bite, or teeth that feel like they do not fit together properly
- Jaws that become stuck open or closed, or feel like they "lock"
Advanced forms of TMJ disorder can even affect general health, causing ringing in the ears or hearing problems, dizziness, and headaches. During a thorough evaluation, Dr. Degel will discuss your symptoms with you, examine your bite, and use X-rays to determine whether your TMJ is damaged or functioning improperly.
What are My Treatment Options?
To successfully treat the symptoms of TMJ disorder, the cause of your symptoms must first be determined. Depending on your unique condition, Dr. Degel may recommend a nighttime mouth guard, also known as a splint, to bring the bite into proper alignment during sleep. These oral appliances are customized to be very comfortable, and the treatment has proven highly effective for many suffering with TMJ disorder.
In other cases, BOTOX® Therapeutic may be the best solution. Best known for its cosmetic applications, this injectable treatment can also be used to treat TMJ disorder. Similar to the way it relaxes muscles that contribute to wrinkling on the forehead, the injected medication effectively relaxes clenched jaw muscles. During a consultation, we can determine whether BOTOX® Therapeutic is right for you, as well as provide you with information on the cost of this innovative treatment solution.
Learn More about TMJ Treatment during a Consultation
If you are experiencing the symptoms of TMJ disorder, it is imperative you seek care before the effects become more severe. Contact Astoria Dental Group today to schedule an appointment and learn more about your treatment options.