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TMJ Treatment

TMJ Treatment

An important part of your dental health involves the health of the jaw joints, or temporomandibular joints (TMJ). The TMJ is the joint which allows your lower jaw to open and close. It works like a ball and socket. An extremely hard working mechanism, your TMJ can be sensitive to overuse or injury. Behavioral habits such as grinding or clenching the teeth (bruxism) can also cause stress and injury to this sensitive joint. An injury to your face and jaw can cause joint problems. In addition, physical and emotional stress which causes tightening of the facial muscles can cause TMJ problems. As a part of your regular preventive dental exam, Dr. Cannon will assess the health and function of your TMJ. If there are signs of TMJ dysfunction, he will discuss his findings with you and recommend possible solutions.

Symptoms of TMJ Dysfunction

  • Clicking, popping or grinding sound/feeling in the jaw joint, with or without pain
  • Facial, ear, neck and/or shoulder pain
  • Difficulty opening your mouth wide
  • Changes in your bite (how your teeth come together)
  • "Locking" of the jaw joint, open or closed.
  • Severe headaches, ringing in the ears or hearing problems
  • Swelling of the side of the face
  • Facial muscle pain or fatigue

Treatment of TMD (Temporomandibular Dysfunction)

Dr. M V Cannon can recommend treatments for the management of TMD. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, having discussion about possible methods of relief is important. Some of the therapies recommended for the treatment of TMD are:

  • Modification of specific behaviors which contribute to TMD, such as avoiding extreme jaw movements, eating a softer diet and postural changes.
  • Applying moist heat
  • Medication therapy
  • Relaxation therapy
  • Corrective dental treatments to provide proper dental alignment
  • Therapeutic night guard therapy