Many people ask “What is TMJ?” TMJ stands for “Temporomandibular Joint,” or the joint that allows your jaw to move. TMJ problems can be painful, causing jaw pain, facial pain, or clicking in your jaw. Fortunately, we can help you with our TMJ treatment options.
What Is TMD?
Many people ask “What is TMD?” TMD is short for “Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.” A TMD affects one or both joints in your jaw, causing pain and discomfort. You use your jaw joints constantly while speaking and eating, so it is important that they stay pain-free and comfortable.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of TMJ and TMD?
TMD and TMJ issues may present with one or more of the following symptoms:
- TMJ Pain.
- TMJ Headaches.
- Sensitivity or Tenderness Around the Joint.
- The Joint Clicks when Opening and Closing Your Mouth.
- You Can’t Open Your Mouth as Far as You Could Before.
- Lock Jaw, or the Joint is Locked in Place and You Can’t Open or Close Your Mouth.
- Pain Radiates From Your Joint.
- You Suffer from Chronic Headaches or Migraines.
- The Muscles around Your Jaw Joints Are Stiff.
- You Experience a Change in Your Bite or the Way Your Upper and Lower Teeth Fit Together.
- Persistent Pain Around the Neck or Head.
TMD and TMJ disorders can occur in one or both joints. If you suffer from TMD/TMJ issues, we have several treatment options to help you feel better.
Treatments for TMD/TMJ Disorders
We may recommend one or more treatments to start healing your joints. Your treatment may include:
- Physical Therapy. We may recommend TMJ exercises, hot/cold therapy, or laser therapy to relieve pain. Implementing changes to diet and reducing stress can also help.
- Botox. Did you know that Botox is an effective TMJ treatment? Many patients find that administering Botox in the muscles around the TMJ relieves pain and stiffness in the jaw.
- Custom Splints and Bite Guards. If your TMD is a result of teeth grinding, teeth clenching, or muscle spasms, a custom made splint or bite guard can take pressure off your joints.
- Oral Surgery. When a patient experiences trauma to the joint, like a serious injury, oral surgery can repair the damage and relieve TMJ symptoms.
We take all of your symptoms and your general health into consideration when recommending a TMJ treatment. Relieving pain may be as simple as taking anti-inflammatory medication, considering an antidepressant, or using relaxation techniques to ease the pressure on your jaw.
Call Hillsboro Dental Excellence Today to Get Your Life Back
Are you ready to start living a pain-free life again? Experience a dentist who cares about your health and your smile. Call us today at 503-648-6671 to schedule your FREE TMD/TMJ consultation!