Temporomandibular Joint Therapy
The jaw joint is located just in front of each ear. It is a complex joint controlled
by many muscles. Pain in the jaw joints can result from grinding, clenching, and/or
an incorrect bite position. The jaw muscles can become overworked, fatigued, and
go into spasm. Pain may be experienced in and around the joints themselves, or can
also present as earaches, headaches, as well as back, neck, and shoulder spasms.
The pain is often persistent, and can become so severe that at times it may be debilitating.
We provide a comprehensive jaw joint evaluation. Sometimes an appliance is indicated
to wear over the teeth that will allow the muscles to rest and reduce the symptoms.
Various medications can also be prescribed to help reduce the pain. In other cases,
an incorrect bite will require dental restorations. The
establishment and maintenance of a comfortable, proper jaw position is the foundation
of all of our treatment.
Comprehensive Dentistry recognizes the interrelationship
of the teeth, gums, supporting bone and jaw muscles – the
TMJ. All these structures must function together well to allow us to
chew, speak, and smile for a lifetime!
If you are experiencing TMJ symptoms, don’t ignore them. You don’t have to try to
cope with them on your own. We can provide both immediate relief and long-term treatment
to resolve TMJ problems.