TMJ Treatment - CHASKA, MN
Chronic Jaw Pain and Headaches?
Targeted Treatment for TMJ Disorder
Do you have any of the following TMJ (temporomandibular joint) symptoms?
A referral to a Facial Pain Specialist may be needed to determine what is causing your symptoms.
TMJ disorders affect the hinge-like joints that connect the jaw to the skull. A referral to a Facial Pain Specialist may be needed to determine what is causing your symptoms. Causes include: Previous injury or accident, clenching or grinding the teeth (bruxism), or arthritic changes to the jaw joints.
Bruxism (teeth grinding) can cause or aggravate TMJ symptoms. This can happen unconsciously during the day (awake bruxism) or at night (sleep bruxism). This tension and pressure on your teeth and jaws can damage your teeth and stress jaw muscles. Most TMJ issues do not require surgery. Even if you hear clicking in the joint or feel it while chewing, if there is no pain involved, treatment is usually not needed.
If you do feel pain or find you can’t fully use your jaw, your doctor or dentist might recommend other treatments, which most commonly include physical therapy or a bite guard.
In order to treat TMJ, we focus on uncovering the underlying reasons causing the TMJ symptoms. Common causes of TMJ include disharmony in the TMJ, muscular and occlusal (bite) relationships. Splint or orthotic therapy can help relax the muscles of mastication and reduce inflammation in the TMJ’s so we can analyze the bite when the patient is feeling better. Treatment may include equilibrating the bite, orthodontics, restoration of the bite, jaw surgery, or continued splint therapy.
If you have jaw pain, we can help determine the causes or contributing factors, teach you some exercises and recommend an appliance to keep your jaw joints strong and healthy!
Put an end to your pain.
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