Understanding TMJ

woman suffering from TMJWhat is TMJ?

TMJ (temporomandibular joint) dysfunction is pain experienced in the jaw joint. Usually, patients who suffer from TMJ experience clicking or popping in the jaw when they talk or chew.

What Causes TMJ?

There is no singular cause for TMJ; however, there are common underlying symptoms that indicate misalignment or damage to the jaw joint and facial muscles. These symptoms include:

• Tooth and jaw alignment
• Stress and teeth grinding
• Dislocation or injury of the jaw
• Arthritis

Treatment Options for TMJ

Treatment for TMJ dysfunction varies depending on the symptoms and the patient’s medical condition. Once diagnosed, Dr. Gil will develop a customized treatment plan for you. These options may include:

• Oral sleep appliance therapy
• Splint therapy
• Night guards

Oral sleep appliance therapy is the most effective and least invasive option for relieving TMJ symptoms. The appliance holds the jaw in place and prevents teeth grinding during sleep. This allows the muscles and jaw joint to relax. In addition, using the oral sleep appliance will treat teeth grinding and protect the teeth from wearing down, breaking and/or tooth loss.

Dr. Gil will custom design and create your oral sleep appliance. Custom made oral sleep appliances ensure the best precision for the best results. Your customized oral sleep appliance will help to reposition your jaw, prevent teeth grinding and alleviate TMJ pain.

For less severe cases of TMJ, Dr. Gil may offer any of the following treatment options:

• Anti-inflammatory and pain medications (aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen)
• Avoiding hard candies and chewing gum
• Eating softer foods
• Avoiding stress
• Periodically applying warm compresses to the affected areas

Schedule An Appointment

Hamilton Dental Designs is here to help you with all of your dental needs and concerns. If you are experiencing any symptoms related to TMJ disorder, contact Hamilton Dental Designs to schedule an appointment. Dr. Jose Gil will provide a diagnosis and discuss TMJ treatment options with you.