Non-Surgical, Effective Treatments for TMJ Disorder

May 24th, 2017 | By | Category: TMJ Treatment

woman who needs tmj treatmentWaking up with a painful earache or a migraine that just won’t go away are two very common symptoms associated with TMJ disorder. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) causes a lot of discomfort for those affected and can rattle the minds of those who unknowingly have this disorder. Two joints connect your lower jawbone to each side of your skull. You probably guessed it, but they’re your temporomandibular joints, or TMJs. When one or both joints are out of alignment, you can experience an array of nagging symptoms. Dr. Claudia Denes offers non-surgical treatment options to relieve TMJ pain.

To learn more about TMJ disorder and treatment options, call our Fresno, CA dental office today. Don’t wait to schedule your appointment with Dr. Denes. Call now: 559-297-1294.  

TMJ Disorder

It’s estimated by The National Institutes of Health that TMJ disorder affects approximately 10 million US citizens. The temporomandibular joints are responsible for maintaining a proper bite, which we call occlusion. When these joints become misaligned, you can experience difficulty chewing, swallowing, talking, and even making certain facial expressions. When the joints lock up, just talking and eating can become excruciating or impossible. In some cases, the solution for TMJ disorder is correcting occlusion.

Most people are unaware that Dr. Denes can alleviate jaw pain that stems from TMJ dysfunction. Her method of treatment is non-surgical, non-narcotic, and non-invasive. If treatment by Dr. Denes proves unsuccessful, she can refer you to a surgeon for evaluation. In most cases, the dentist’s simple treatment works well to relieve irritating and painful symptoms.

TMJ Symptoms

TMJ symptoms can be confusing, because they often resemble symptoms of other conditions. If you’re experiencing any or a combination of these symptoms, contact our Fresno, CA dental office today.

Common TMJ symptoms include:

  • Sinus headaches
  • Migraines
  • Locked jaw
  • Stiff neck or shoulders
  • Earaches
  • Muscle spasms
  • Dizziness
  • Clenching teeth
  • Grinding teeth
  • Ringing noise in ears
  • Numb and/or tingling fingers

Non-Surgical Treatment

At Fresno Dental Studio, we believe in providing patients with non-surgical options before recommending surgery. For TMJ pain, we offer multiple solutions that have proven to be effective.

Mouth Guard

After assessing your symptoms and examining your jaw, Dr. Denes may recommend that you wear a mouth guard at night to keep the bones in your jaw joints properly positioned, so the associated muscles can rest. With this treatment option, you will receive a customized mouth guard to wear while you sleep. The purpose of the mouth guard is to limit to movement of your jaw at night. Your head stays in one position for multiple hours when you sleep. During that time, your jaw joints should be in proper position. If they’re misaligned, muscles become overworked and nerves send pain signals to the brain. This can cause you to wake up with severe jaw pain or morning headaches.

Equilibration for Proper Occlusion

Because tired jaw muscles spasm in the night, many TMJ patients are bruxers – they grind their teeth. Teeth clenching and grinding initiates a downward spiral of destruction. Grinding down molars further destroys proper occlusion (how upper and lower teeth fit together when the mouth is closed). This increases misalignment of jaw joints. As teeth are worn down due to spasming muscles, occlusion worsens, which makes symptoms worse. Dr. Rassiwala may initially provide a mouth guard, with a treatment plan that involves building up the bite for equilibration. This restorative treatment could re-establish optimal resting jaw position and eliminate TMJ disorder, as well as bruxism.

Exercises and Habit Changes

Another non-surgical option is to practice techniques that reduce facial tension. Facial relaxation can reduce tension in facial muscles, which in turn reduces or eliminates the painful muscle spasms associated with TMJ disorder. By relaxing the muscles in your face, you may even prevent jaw locking.

People suffering with TMJ disorder should also avoid habitual chewing of nails, pen caps, and gum. These habits elevate symptoms.

TMJ disorder shouldn’t be left untreated. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Denes today to discuss the best non-surgical treatment for your unique case. Call our Fresno, CA office today: 559-297-1294.

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