Greenfield TMJ Therapy
At the Advanced Dental Treatment Center, we are dedicated to helping our patients achieve and maintain healthy, painless smile function. For patients suffering from TMJ dysfunction, the smallest daily tasks may seem impossible. From sharing a smile with a friend to having a conversation or eating a meal, every moment of your day can be painful for TMJ dysfunction sufferers. Our Greenfield dentist and dentistry team offer a range of TMJ therapies to help patients renew healthy, painless jaw function. Call to find out more or schedule a consultation in our state-of-the-art Greenfield dentistry practice.
What is TMJ Dysfunction?
The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the small connective tissues that attach the skull and jawbones. When they are properly functioning, patients can speak, chew, and smile without pain or impediment. When the TMJ are strained or damaged, the result is pain, swelling, limited jaw movement, or complete immobility.
How is TMJ Dysfunction Diagnosed?
During your regular dental checkups at the Advanced Dental Treatment Center, we’ll carefully analyze your smile alignment, jaw function, and oral and facial interaction. This examination allows us to recognize early warning signs of TMJ in many cases. However, we ask that patients let us know right away if they notice any of the following warning signs of TMJ dysfunction:
- Chronic throbbing or aching and/or acute jaw pain when opening and closing the mouth may occur
- Clicking and grinding sounds when opening and closing the mouth
- Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
- Swelling around the jaw
- Chronic headaches
- Earaches and ringing in ears
- Radiating head, neck, and back pain
What Treatments are Available for TMJ Dysfunction?
The treatment recommended for TMJ dysfunction will depend in large part of the severity of your unique case. The underlying causes of TMJ dysfunction and signs of other oral health concerns will impact the treatment plan. If we diagnose TMJ dysfunction, we may recommend any combination of the following treatments:
- Stress relief and other behavior changes to reduce strain
- Use of at-home stretches to loosen and reposition the jaw
- Orthodontic treatments to repair bite alignment issues
- Oral appliances worn at night to reduce unnecessary movements
- Medications to address pain and/or inflammation
- In severe cases, we may refer patients to specialists for surgical intervention