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TMJ Therapy

Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ), or "jaw joints," are the hinged joints on either side of the jaw that are responsible for opening and closing the mouth. Some patients experience recurring jaw joint pain and discomfort and suffer from a condition known as "Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction" (TMD) in which one or both joints do not move in a smooth, fluid manner.

TMD Symptoms
While clicking and popping of the jaw joints is not necessarily a sign of a problem, teeth grinding (bruxism) or clenching during sleep are often related to TMD.

TMD sufferers often experience chronic soreness or pain in jaw joints accompanied by frequent headaches, limited jaw function, pain in the neck, shoulders or upper back areas, or pain and pressure in the face and ears. Some TMD patients report migraine headaches.

TMD Treatment
Treatment for TMD varies; some patients find relief from occasional discomfort using over-the-counter pain relievers or cold compresses. In some cases, a therapeutic approach using a bite appliance worn at night (nightguard) to protect the jaw joints from bruxism or clenching can help manage more recurrent symptoms. Referral to dental or medical specialists is sometimes necessary.

As part of your complete dental examination, Dr. Crunk will evaluate both jaw joints (TMJ) and each tooth surface to observe for signs of teeth grinding or clenching. If you "catch yourself" grinding or clenching your teeth or are experiencing any of the symptoms of TMD, please bring this to our attention so that we can develop a treatment plan to help keep your teeth and jaw joints healthy and pain-free.

Read more about NTI splint therapy for grinding, clinching and migraine headache relief at: www.theheadacheremedy.com

If you suffer from jaw joint soreness or pain, Contact Us to schedule a complete dental examination and TMJ analysis.


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