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Dentus Family Dental: TMJ Treatment
At Dentus Family Dental, we deal with many forms of dental and facial treatment that can go far beyond just dental hygiene and dental restorations. TMJ refers to the Temporomandibular joint which is the joint where the lower jaw articulates with the skull. It is not uncommon for people to report facial pain or sore muscles of the face because of Bruxism habits. Bruxism is most easily defined as “Clenching” or “Grinding.” While sometimes done during the day, either when working out, studying or working on your computer, often it is a “nocturnal” habit, done while we are sleeping. You may notice symptoms such as headaches, sore or achy at the joint, sore or achy jaw muscles or possibly that you aren’t able to open your mouth as wide as in the past. If this sounds like something that you have been suffering with, we will be more than happy to offer some possible solutions to bring you some relief.
TMJ Treatment: How Do I Know If I Need Therapy?
There are numerous symptoms, including:
- A regular and persistent feeling of discomfort in the jaw that does not fade.
- A feeling of discomfort when talking, yawning or simply moving the jaw around.
- Ringing in the ears and/or minimal hearing loss at times.
- Clicking and popping when you move the TMJ joints – it may be heard by others.
- Regular shifting or movement in dental alignment.
- Swelling of the face, mouth or any other part of the jaw.
- Trouble when swallowing or difficulty when chewing.
- Inability to open up your jaw fully or feeling pain/restriction when opening.
These are some of the more common symptoms in Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD). Treatment options can involve a splint worn at night that “rests” the muscles involved in Bruxism as well as the joint. Sometimes Botox/Xeomin/Dysport is another treatment option presented. This involves the injection of a small amount of the product into the lower muscles of the face (Masseters) that can be over-developed as a result of Bruxism. This in turn, reduces the output of those muscles and the forces they are able to exert.
Contact our team today at Dentus Family Dental and we would be happy to help you find some comfort and relief.