Pain in the TMJ (the temporomandibular joint), in the back of the jawbone, can be terrible! This pain can spread into your face, neck, shoulders, and head.
Tension can flow from this one joint. At Pacific Northwest Smiles, we can use mouthguards and other dental appliances to relieve that pain as quickly as possible.
Do You Have TMD?
You won’t know for sure if you have temporomandibular disorder (TMD) until you come in for an exam, but here are some common symptoms you can look for:
- A locked jaw.
- Painful chewing
- Pain in the shoulders, neck, and face that seems to have no other source.
- Migraines or other headaches.
- Ringing in your ears.
- A sore jaw.
- Clicking or popping sounds in your jaw.
If you have any of these signs, call us. We can give you an exam and explain your treatment options.
How Can We Treat TMD?
TMD can be caused by strain and fatigue in the muscles associated with the TMJ (the temporomandibular joint). Those muscles can tense up or spasm, causing many painful symptoms.
We use mouth guards and other oral appliances to relieve some of that tension. These oral appliances relieve straining, so the muscles can begin to heal.
Your TMJ muscles can be fatigued because of problems like:
- Poor posture.
- An uneven bite.
- Grinding of the teeth.
- An accident damaging the face.
When you have suffered from TMJ, the facial muscles you use constantly need time to rest. A mouth guard or a similar oral appliance can:
- Keep your teeth from being able to grind together.
- Align your bite in a way that strains your TMJ less.
- Relieve stress to your TMJ caused by other issues.
When you come in for a TMD relief appointment, we’ll give you a professional examination and tell you what we can do to treat the problem. If you need a mouth guard or other appliance, we can start preparing your custom device.
This device will give your TMJ relief from the straining motions and pain. With some time to heal, your TMJ pain may completely disappear.
Schedule an Appointment for TMD Relief
Don’t let temporomandibular disorder (TMD) disrupt your life any longer! Make an appointment, so we can start your treatment and begin the healing process.
If you’ve been living with TMD pain, it’s time to give your jaw a rest! Make an appointment with us today. This could be your first step to getting away from that pain, being able to concentrate again, and enjoying your life more.