A bite that suddenly feels uncomfortable
Feeling “tired” in the face
Jaws getting “stuck” or “locked” in the open- or closed-mouth position
Pain or tenderness in or around the ear when chewing, speaking, or opening the mouth wide
Pain or tenderness in the face, jaw joint area, neck, and shoulders
Problems opening the mouth wide
Swelling on the side of the face
Alleviating the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders.
Restoring normal jaw function, including biting and chewing.
Enhanced Quality of Life
Minimizing the impact of TMJ symptoms on daily activities.
Early intervention can prevent the progression of TMJ disorders and potential complications.
Is there anything I can do to alleviate my TMJ symptoms at home?
TMJ flare-ups are common and typically resolve themselves within a few weeks. Still, this does not lessen the importance of treatment — especially if your symptoms cause discomfort. Encouraging the jaw joint to relax can assist in healing. You can do this by applying moist heat or ice to the affected area, resting the jaw by avoiding unnecessary use, supporting the jaw when, and reducing stress levels. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories can also help. Reduce your stress levels, if possible, and consider jaw exercises.
What are some jaw exercises that can help relieve my TMJ pain?
One exercise you can try is to push down on the bottom teeth with one hand while pushing upwards with your jaw. You may also want to try placing your thumb below the chin, putting light pressure on the chin bone. Open your mouth slowly, working against the resistance.
Is TMJ causing my headaches and migraines?
It is possible. Many people experience headaches and migraines due to TMJ pain, which may also radiate to the shoulders. It typically begins near the ears, forehead, or scalp. As such, TMJ headaches are commonly mistaken for tension headaches.
What is splint therapy for TMJ?
In splint therapy, a splint (also known as a mouth or bite guard) is placed over the teeth to prevent the patient from grinding their teeth, clenching their jaw, or doing any other movement that could aggravate their TMJ. Splints are custom-made for each patient’s individual needs, meaning they may be either soft or hard. Splints relax the muscles in the mouth and support the bite.
How long will I need to wear my splint?
As every patient is different, the answer to this varies on a case-by-case basis. Typically, however, patients should not wear a splint for more than six months at a time, as overusing a splint can cause further issues. Our professional team can discuss this further with you while devising your individualized treatment plan.
Our approach is grounded in complete health dentistry, addressing how your overall health interconnects with your TMJ condition.
Studies indicate that TMJ patients often experience increased sensitivity to pain and may have higher rates of other painful conditions. Our complete health dentistry ensures a holistic understanding of your health for effective and lasting TMJ treatment.
Root Cause Resolution
Our TMJ dentists focus on identifying and addressing the root cause of your TMJ issues rather than providing temporary relief.