Living with a temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder, referred to as TMJ or TMD, can be painful and impact the jaw function. Causes can range from teeth grinding to jaw misalignment; in some cases, the cause is idiopathic, or non-apparent. To get relief, those with TMJ/TMD can pursue treatment that can address the underlying cause or the symptoms. At Pure Smiles Dentistry, we welcome patients with TMJ/TMD and offer treatment options to stop the pain, discomfort and dysfunction.
TMJ/TMD can have a variety of symptoms that are not always in the jaw area. Some people have pain or tenderness in the jaw area, difficulty chewing or popping/clicking of the jaw. However, the symptoms can radiate to other areas, causing headaches, ear pain or facial pain. It is important to get an accurate diagnosis of TMJ to begin treating the symptoms or the underlying cause. Dental x-rays and imaging can help determine the cause and offer options for treatment.
Jaw Pain, Facial Pain Relief!
To achieve relief from TMJ/TMD, pressure and stress on the jaw joint needs to be relieved. If there is a misalignment of the jaw causing stress on the joint, orthodontic treatment can help relieve the pain and discomfort. If bruxism, or teeth grinding, is causing the jaw discomfort, a dental nightguard can offer relief. Our dental team at Pure Smiles Dentistry can help identify the cause and suggest a treatment option. We can create a customized nightguard to relieve stress on the jaw or provide orthodontic options that can relieve the jaw and facial pain, along with other symptoms of TMJ/TMD.
If you have been diagnosed with TMJ or have been suffering from jaw/facial pain, contact Pure Smiles Dentistry today. We offer effective treatment options and will help uncover the cause of your discomfort.