TMJ therapy, also known as temporomandibular joint treatment, is focused on correcting a misaligned jaw. TMJ, or TMD, is a disorder that happens when the joint that connects to the lower jaw becomes injured or shifts out of place, causing discomfort and misalignment. This most often happens due to teeth grinding (bruxism), arthritis, and head, neck or jaw injury. 85% of TMJ problems are from misaligned bites and 15% are from trauma and other factors that affect the jaw joint. Most can be treated non surgically with correcting bite issues and splints. Once diagnosis is made, the proper treatment will correct most cases.

Common symptoms of TMJ are:

Our dentists may suggest different treatment options, depending on the severity of your TMJ disorder. These options can include muscle exercises, dietary changes, a mouth or night guard, and, in more intensive cases, jaw surgery. After determining the extent of the treatment needed, our dentists will create a treatment plan with you to help you find the relief you need.

If you have recently had severe trauma to the head, neck or shoulders, we recommend also seeing your family physician or checking in to the emergency room before seeking treatment from our dentists.

For more information about our treatments for TMJ disorder, contact our dental office and schedule an appointment with our knowledgeable dentists today.