What is TMJ?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joints. Your temporomandibular joints are the lower joints that connect your jawbone to your skull. You use these joints any time you open or close your mouth, and overuse of these joints can cause TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder.
Some symptoms of a TMD include:
- Frequent, chronic headaches.
- Jaw pain or ache.
- A clicking sound when you move your jaw.
- Aching pain around the ear.
- Discomfort chewing.
- Jaw joints that occasionally lock or are difficult to move.
Temporomandibular joint disorders can be hard to live with and very painful. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you may want to come into our office for diagnosis and treatment.
Find Relief for Your TMD Symptoms with TMJ Treatment from Hamilton Family Dentistry
Temporomandibular joint disorders can make day-to-day activities more difficult, but fortunately, TMDs are also completely treatable. At our practice, we treat temporomandibular joint disorders by first determining the cause of the disorder. By treating the problem at its source instead of only treating the symptoms, we can eliminate the cause of your TMD and help alleviate all of your TMD symptoms at once. TMDs can be caused by a number of factors, but are most frequently caused by bruxism (teeth grinding, often at night).
Laser Pain Therapy and Occlusal Guards for TMD Treatment
We treat TMDs primarily with laser pain therapy and occlusal guards. Laser pain therapy can help ease your ache and allow you to heal, and occlusal guards can help prevent bruxism.
Every TMD treatment is personalized and unique to each patient. We will modify our treatments to meet your unique needs and to improve your oral health through meaningful, focused service.
To find out more about our treatments for TMD, call us at our office today.