Dental Tips Blog

Aug
29

Treatment Options for TMJ

Posted in TMJ Therpy

You TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is a very complex joint. So complex in fact, that even experts can’t always figure what could be wrong with it. That’s mainly because it’s hard to see into the complex network of tissues. It also boils down to the fact that people suffer jaw pain for a variety of reasons.

Diagnosing the cause of your pain is often a matter of journaling and process-of-elimination. Prescribing treatment comes down to a guessing game. You have to keep trying until you find something that works!

Causes of TMD

Pain in the TMJ is broadly classified as TMD – temporomandibular disorder.

It could be part of a system condition such as rheumatoid arthritis. Signs of wear on your teeth and pronounced chewing muscles might hint that you grind or clench your teeth. This habit would tire out your TMJ. Jaw pain could result from a bad bite or even simply from sleeping funny on the side of your head.

Just as the potential causes are so varied, the treatments likewise present you with multiple options.

Try At Home:

  • Alternate placing an ice pack and a hot damp towel against your jaw
  • Take a ibuprofen to dull the pain
  • Rest your jaw, taking a break from chewy and crunchy foods
  • Practice stress reduction
  • Avoid chewing gum, even if your jaw feels ok

What Your Dentist Or Doctor May Recommend:

  • Prescription for stronger pain medication
  • Splints and guards to keep jaw from clenching
  • Restorative work to balance out your bite
  • Botox
  • TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)
  • Surgery

If TMJ pain is making it hard for you to enjoy everyday activities, then it’s time to get help. Call your dentist today.

Posted on behalf of:
Marbella Dentistry
791 FM 1103 #119
Cibolo, TX 78108
(210) 504-2655

Jan
9

3 Ways Orthodontic Treatment Can Ease TMJ Pain

Posted in TMJ Therpy

An estimated 10 million Americans are suffering from jaw-related pain. Are you one of the thousands of people seeking relief? You’re probably wondering where to begin. How about with your child’s orthodontist?

Although this may seem like an unlikely resource for your TMJ disorder, these dental experts could actually help you find relief in a few different ways:

  1. Medicate Safely

After taking a look at your jaw and assessing its range of motion, an orthodontist can make some suggestions. Rather than self-medicating, you should ask an orthodontist how to treat the problem at its root cause. If medication is necessary, a medical professional will give you an appropriate prescription. 

  1. Straighten Your Teeth

Obviously, this is what you would expect an orthodontist to specialize in. But how can this help you out with jaw pain?

Severely misaligned teeth could be forcing your jaw to work overtime with unnatural motions. Over time, your TMJ will become fatigued. Straightening your teeth could free up your jaw to slide more fluidly and evenly.

Who knows? A few months in localized braces could help your bite to close more completely and comfortably than ever before.

  1. Create a Custom Jaw Splint

Sometimes, a simple splint or mouthguard is enough to keep your jaw from experiencing too much stress. An appliance can prevent your teeth from closing together and grinding side to side. Even if you don’t know of an orthodontist who makes these, your local dentist will have an idea.

Why wait any longer? If you’ve just about had it with TMJ pain, then it’s time to plan a visit to an orthodontic office.

Posted on behalf of:
Sugar Creek Family Dental
1165 Gravois Rd. Suite 140
Fenton, MO 63026
(636) 255-8325

Nov
20

Using Botox to Manage TMJ Disorder

Posted in TMJ Therpy

Botox is commonly known for its cosmetic benefits, but it has many other uses as well. If you are suffering from the discomfort results from TMJ (temporomandibular joint) dysfunction, Botox may be the answer!

How Botox Works

Botox is short for botulinum toxin, which is produced by a kind of bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. This substance acts on muscles by blocking nerve signals from the brain. This allows muscles to relax and loosen and is used to reduce wrinkles that form as a result of muscle tension. Botox injections have also been approved by the FDA for use in treating migraine and cervical dystonia (a painful condition in which the muscles in the neck contract involuntarily). Both of these conditions occur close to the TMJ.

The Effect Upon TMJ Stress

Botox is now offered by many dentists as an alternative therapy method for alleviating pain in the TMJ. Stress on the TMJ could be related to an excess of muscular activity. If you have a habit of clenching or grinding your teeth or nervously chewing or biting which has led to TMJ pain, then Botox may be help. The product relaxes the tense muscles when it has been applied. By relaxing the muscle, the joint won’t be worked as hard as it was before. This can alleviate the pain around the joint as well as headaches.

Although the use of Botox in treating TMJ problems is still experimental, recent evidence has shown that the injection can provide significant relief. To learn more about how Botox can help you deal with TMJ pain, schedule a consultation with your dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Alan Horlick DDS
6572 Hwy 92 #120
Acworth, GA 30102
(770) 591-8446

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