The hinge-like joint that connects your jaw to your skull is the temporomandibular joint. If this area becomes misaligned or diseased, it can wreak havoc on your mouth and cause painful symptoms and occlusion issues. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ/TMD) is often undiagnosed, as many patients treat the symptoms, thinking they are related to other medical illnesses. At Crownsville Dental & Wellness Solutions, we focus on TMJ dysfunction and helping our patients get relief.
Do you experience:
- Facial pain?
- Jaw soreness?
- Clicking or popping when using your jaw?
- Grinding or clenching your teeth?
If so, you may be suffering from TMJ dysfunction. Don’t worry- we’re here to help, especially if TMJ is striking at night, while you sleep. Many TMJ sufferers unknowingly grind or clench their teeth at night, a condition known as bruxism, and wake to find themselves with sore jaws and pain. Bruxism damages your teeth, as grinding the enamel causes excessive wear.
We may recommend Botox injections as a treatment for TMJ, as it relieves muscular pain associated with clenching and grinding. Often, Botox eliminates stress and tension in the jaw by relaxing the muscles and lessening their ability to perform the chronic, unconscious movement associated with bruxism and TMJ.
Additionally, we seek to repair TMJ damage with the same treatment we use for sleep apnea. Our patients can perform apnea testing from the comfort of their own home with our at-home grinding monitor, which aids in diagnosing bruxism.
Our sleep appliances, such as Somnolent and other mandibular repositioners, comfortably find the correct position for your jaw, alleviating the stress on your temporomandibular joint. Repositioning appliances focus on treating the TMJ, and not just alleviating the symptoms, as they permanently alter the joint.
In other cases, we may recommend therapy with occlusal splints. These occlusal splints are custom-made for you, accounting for the shape of your mouth so they fit comfortably. They are removable and often crafted from hard acrylic, but are non-invasive, removable, and functional. They stabilize the jaw into the perfect occlusion while you sleep, intercepting any irregular muscle activity.
If you suffer from TMJ dysfunction, contact us at Crownsville Dental & Wellness Solutions for a consultation. You don’t have to live in pain. We’ll evaluate your situation and create an individualized plan for therapy to relieve your symptoms and stop damage to your joint.