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TMJ ( jaw joint ) Therapy and Treatment


An x-ray of the jaw with a circle around the TMJ jaw joint.Your mouth relies on several components to perform its many essential daily tasks, including eating and speaking. One of these integral components is your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. The TMJ is located on both sides of the mouth, just forward from your ears. It is the connecting point between your lower jaw and your skull, and is responsible for helping your jaw move side to side and up and down, allowing you to do some important things, including eating, speaking, yawning and more. This joint can sometimes become irritated, which then can lead to serious pain that interferes with your everyday quality of life. At Todd Rogers Dental, we can help to restore your mouth with TMJ therapy.

TMJ Disorder


TMJ disorder covers a variety of different issues that affect your temporomandibular joint. When the pain in your jaw, and the joint, is severe, it can significantly impact your entire quality of life. Your oral health and your overall health are put in jeopardy. Tasks that were once considered simple daily tasks suddenly become exceedingly difficult. Common symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
•  Severe pain in your jaw and the joint.
•  Pain while chewing.
•  Having difficulty opening your mouth.
•  Lockjaw.
•  Clicking, popping, or grinding in the joint.
•  You may also experience symptoms that do not seem to have anything to do with the temporomandibular joint, including chronic headaches and earaches.

What Causes TMJ Disorder?


TMJ disorder has numerous different causes, and they are not always clear. This can make pinpointing the exact cause of your pain difficult. Causes of TMJ disorder include:
•  Facial trauma. This can be the result of a car accident, a sports injury, or a fall.
•  Whiplash. Whiplash can cause your jaw to become temporarily dislocated, which can cause irritation and inflammation.
•  Misalignment of your teeth and jaw.
•  Bruxism, or the grinding and clenching of your teeth. This often occurs at night, when you have no control over it.
•  Arthritis (osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis).

Diagnosing Your TMJ Disorder


Diagnosing the cause of your TMJ disorder is essential for providing you with the most effective treatment plan. Diagnosis begins with a thorough oral exam. We inspect inside your mouth, checking for alignment issues, wear on your teeth, and any areas of soreness. We also examine outside of your mouth and take digital X-rays, which allow us to see the condition of your teeth and jaw below the gum line.

What Options are Available to Treat TMJ Disorder?


Once we have diagnosed the cause of your TMJ disorder, we can then move ahead and develop a treatment plan that will provide you with the best possible outcome. Common TMJ treatments include:
•  Mouth guards (or oral splints). These devices are used to treat bruxism. They hold your jaw in alignment and provide a buffer when the muscles in your jaw tighten, easing the tension and protecting your teeth.
•  Botox. Commonly used as a cosmetic treatment to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, strategic Botox injections can help to ease TMJ pain caused by bruxism. Botox weakens the muscles, preventing them from creating the pressures on your teeth while you sleep.
•  Orthodontics. If TMJ pain is caused by misalignment, braces, or other orthodontic treatment, can be effective.
•  Surgical procedures. Surgery is reserved for when no other treatment has proven effective.
•  Physical therapy. Chronic TMJ pain that keeps coming back regardless of treatment may be eased with physical therapy.

If your jaw is causing you an inordinate amount of pain, do not ignore it. For more information, or to schedule your appointment, call Todd Rogers Dental today at (719) 357-4425.
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