TMJ & TMD Treatment

Millions of people experience headaches and jaw pain that cannot be stopped by over-the-counter pain medications. Most of them do not realize the source of their discomfort may be a problem with the temporomandibular joint. Temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ/TMD affects over one third of the adult population in the United States. Most of those suffering from this malady are women.

TMJ/TMD discomfort is experienced differently by individuals. For some, it manifests as a nagging headache. Others may have jaw pain or neck and shoulder pain. The discomfort originates from the jaw joint and the surrounding tissues. Muscles in that area become fatigued when a person clenches their teeth or grinds their teeth while sleeping. Many people who wake up with headaches do not realize that they have been grinding their teeth in their sleep. The result of this added strain to the muscles and nerves of the jaw area is discomfort that can be felt in neighboring muscles.

The degree to which the problem exists determines the dental treatment. In many cases, the disorder will resolve on its own over time. Other people may need to implement an exercise routine in order to eliminate the irritation. Still, others will need more extensive treatment to reduce the pain.

Get an Accurate Diagnosis

The first step in getting relief from TMJ/TMD is to have a thorough exam and an accurate diagnosis. At Southern Dental Group, we will examine your jaw joints and discuss your symptoms. If you are suffering from TMJ/TMD your dentist will create a treatment plan for you to follow. Depending on the severity of the disorder, you may receive exercises to practice at home, or you may be given pain medication.

Other treatment may be suggested as well. Mouth guards are often recommended as part of the treatment plan to help stop teeth grinding and clenching during sleep. These custom-made appliances fit over your teeth and are worn while you sleep.

You do not have to live with the discomfort of TMJ/TMD. Contact Southern Dental Group today for an appointment and let us find out what course of action you need to take in order to be rid of the pain.

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