If you are experiencing pain in your jaw, neck, face, or head, you may be experiencing symptoms of TMJ dysfunction. This is a common problem that plagues many of our patients. The good news is that we can help. Let’s talk about what causes these TMJ symptoms and what our Lexington, KY practice can do to help.
What is TMJ/TMD?
If you are experiencing this type of jaw pain, you are probably suffering from temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD). Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is your jaw joint. For various reasons, this joint can become irritated and cause considerable pain and other problems. Some common symptoms of TMD include:
TMD occurs when the disk in the joint erodes away or is moved out of alignment, the cartilage is damaged by arthritis, or the joint itself is injured. Oftentimes, it is difficult to determine the exact cause of the dysfunction. However, our team will do whatever we can to find and eliminate the source of your pain.
While TMJ dysfunction can affect anyone, it is most commonly found in women between the ages of 20 and 40. If you fall into this category and are experiencing any of the symptoms above, you should see one of our doctors as soon as possible.
What is bruxism?
Bruxism is often linked to TMJ dysfunction. Bruxism is the involuntary teeth grinding or clenching of the teeth. This typically occurs at night, but can also happen during the day while working, watching TV, or doing other activities. Bruxism can actually cause jaw pain, or can be the result of TMJ dysfunction. Teeth grinding and clenching can also cause damage to your teeth, as the added pressure will wear them down or even break them over time.
How can it be treated?
Oftentimes, mild TMJ issues can be treated with a teeth grinding mouthguard. The guard is designed to be worn at night. The guard temporarily adjusts the position of the jaw in order to take pressure off the joint. It also serves to protect the teeth from wearing down due to grinding and clenching. This kind of therapy is sometimes enough to solve mild dysfunction.
However, if the case is more severe, our office utilizes a system called TruDenta®. TruDenta® Rehabilitation Therapy uses four types of treatment to attack the problem from all angles and eliminate pain. The therapy uses a combination of in-office treatment, at-home treatment, orthotic appliances (mouthguards), and force balancing to create the desired results. We are often very successful with this method of treatment – our patients are pain free and able to go about their lives. To learn more about our TruDenta® Rehabilitation Therapy, see our page on headache and migraine solutions.
How can I make an appointment?
If you are suffering from any of the symptoms of TMD listed above, please schedule an appointment with our office for TMJ treatment. At Beaumont Family Dentistry, we have special office space for diagnosing and treating TMJ problems, the TMJ And Sleep Dentistry Center of Central Kentucky, LLC. We would be happy to help eliminate your pain and discomfort. To make an appointment, call one of our convenient locations or use our online form to send us a message. Let us help you feel better.
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