TMJ Treatment in Jonesboro, AR
When people suffer from jaw problems, they often say that they have TMJ, but we all have TMJ! It stands for your temporomandibular joints, or your jaw joints. What people actually mean is that they have a problem or pain in their jaw joints, commonly referred to as TMJD or temporomandibular joint disorder.
What Is TMJD?
TMJD is a broad term referring to a number of conditions related to your jaw. You might have problems with the joints themselves, which could include jaw pain, clicking, popping, or grinding of your joint that you can hear when you chew or talk. You might even have problems with your jaw locking from time to time, and we know that can be a scary experience. Some other problems caused by TMJD might surprise you and include headaches, neck aches, shoulder pain, facial swelling, and tinnitus.
TMJD can also cause problems with your teeth. Since it is closely related to bruxism (excessive grinding) you might experience tooth pain, sensitivity, worn teeth, gum recession, or notching on the front of your teeth, also known as abfractions. In fact, you can wear down your teeth, making them shortened and even breaking them.
One or two of these symptoms might be bearable, but when you combine a number of them, you can experience a reduced quality of life and fatigue from constant pain. You sleep might be disturbed by bearing down or grinding of your teeth and we all know that headaches can disrupt your routine and make you feel terrible. We empathize with your suffering and will recommend a solution to help reduce or relieve your symptoms.
TMJD Treatment Options
One of the most common and effective treatments for TMJD is splint therapy. We will create a custom occlusal (bite) splint to help relax your jaw and gently guide it into a position that allows your symptoms to improve. Treatment is comfortable and non-invasive. It may reduce or eliminate your symptoms with regular wear. When you wear it while you sleep, it also protects your teeth from damage due to bruxism.
Our occlusal splints are easy to get used to because they fit your teeth snugly and comfortably. We will need to check it periodically because excessive grinding can wear away at the surface, making it less effective.
Many of our patients report reduced symptoms after just a week or two of regular wear. This type of treatment can also help to prevent further damage to your jaw joint.
Do You Have Symptoms?
If you have any of the symptoms listed above, you should consider an evaluation from Jonesboro dentist Anthony Bartels, DDS. He has extensive experience in treating jaw-related pain. Don’t suffer needlessly from headaches, jaw pain, and facial swelling when we can provide you with relief that is reliable.
If you have questions about TMJD or possible treatment options, call our Jonesboro, AR dental office to schedule.