TMD (temporomandibular disorders), commonly referred to as TMJ, is characterized by significant pain in the jaw and limitation in the movement of the jaw joint. The disorder can affect chewing, talking, swallowing, and in some cases can cause breathing issues.
TMD stands for temporomandibular joint dysfunction — and dysfunction also applies to the joints connecting the jaw with the skull, leading to pain and discomfort in other areas of the face and head.
Symptoms associated with TMJ include recurrent facial pain, swelling, constant teeth grinding, facial sensitivity, jaw joint locking, and a limited range of motion in the jaw.
Additional symptoms vary, but generally include:
- Pain and tenderness around the jaw, ears, cheeks, and neck
- Stiffness in the jaq
- Painful chewing
- Pain while yawning
- Locking of the jaw
- Uncontrolled change of facial expressions
- Changes in how the upper and lower teeth fit together
If you are experiencing significant jaw pain or discomfort, or any of the other uncomfortable symptoms of TMJ, our doctors will perform a thorough exam and recommend a customized treatment plan for you!
What is TMD Therapy?
TMD therapy or TMJ therapy uses a variety of methods to help alleviate the pain. At Dental Care of Spokane, our team uses various treatment options to give our patients the relief they deserve!
If you are diagnosed with this condition, we can help ease the pain and treat the symptoms with the following treatment methods:
- Custom-Crafted Oral Appliance (Bruxism Mouth Guard)
- Medicinal Therapy
- Injection Therapy
Facial injections are usually associated with cosmetic practices, but when injected into just the right area, they can relieve the more severe symptoms of TMJ, such as migraines, pain, earaches, jaw tension, earaches, and more.
Your facial appearance will be unaffected by this type of TMJ treatment - the only thing you will notice is a reduction in pain!
Benefits of TMJ Therapy
TMJ therapy can help relieve the pain associated with TMJ disorder, helping you maintain your quality of life along with your dental health! If the underlying causes of TMD aren’t addressed, the condition can lead to cracked teeth, dental erosion, bite dysfunction, and bruxism.
If your mouth and jaw are in healthy condition, then you can eat and sleep in peace!
Schedule Your TMJ Consultation Today
Ready to learn more about TMJ therapy in Spokane, WA? Call Dental Care of Spokane to schedule your TMJ consultation today!