If you have chronic jaw pain, hear a clicking or popping sound when you open and close your mouth or consistently wake up with headaches, you could be one of them. The good news? Discomfort doesn't always last long!
Common Treatments for TMJ Disorder
TMJ syndrome is a complex disorder affecting -- in different ways and to different degrees -- the jaw joints, facial muscles, facial nerves and surrounding tissues. Some causes of TMJ disorder are stress, hormonal fluctuations in women, misaligned bites (malocclusions), teeth grinding clenching, or accidents involving the head and neck region.
Symptoms of TMJ disorder are also expansive. You might experience chronic jaw pain while others have persistent neck pain or earaches. Thus, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for TMJ.
The preliminary step is the detection and the diagnosis of the cause of the TMJ disorder. Then a specific treatment plan can be customized that addresses your specific problems and eases your particular ailments. Schedule an appointment with our office today. Treatment may vary and may include a night guard or an occlusal bite guard, minor teeth movement through Invisalign or Essix Clear aligners (See our Orthodontic Treatment section), rebuilding a new bite, equilibrating an existing bite or retraining the jaw and facial muscles to function harmoniously.