What is TMJ treatment and do I need it?
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) means that the hinge-like joints, located at both jaws, are not functioning properly. This can lead to sporadic and even chronic pain, which means it is very important to treat TMJ before the pain becomes chronic and interferes with life quality.
Symptoms of TMJ include:
Clicking sound in the jaw when chewing or speaking
- Jaw pain
- Jaw stiffness
- Teeth that do not line up correctly
- Teeth grinding
- Locking jaw
- Facial or ear soreness
- Ringing in the ears
- Migraines or headaches
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
When your bite is off, this can cause other dental issues. Also, teeth grinding can lead to cavities and even tooth loss.
Treatment for TMJ may include occlusal splint therapy, which is similar to a nightguard. TMJ therapy with a splint helps guide your jaw into ideal alignment, which relieves pain, jaw clicking, and teeth grinding.
At Jensen Beach Dental, our splints are custom made to fit your mouth, and we provide adjustments regularly to the splint surface to help achieve the best outcome. We’ve seen many patients improve after only a few days.
If you suspect TMJ or have already been diagnosed, contact our Jensen Beach, FL dental office today for an assessment.