TMJ and Bruxism Treatment
Are you experiencing jaw pain? Does your jaw click when you eat or yawn? Do you experience soreness and pressure in your face, jaws, and neck? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you might have issues with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
Our team at Fox View Dental offers comprehensive and compassionate treatment to patients who experience jaw and joint pain. If you experience pain and tenderness in your TMJ, Dr. Chad, your dentist in De Pere, WI, can create a personalized solution that best fits your needs.
How Does the TMJ Work?
One of the most complex joints in the body, the TMJ is a sliding hinge that supports the all-around movement of your jaw. The temporomandibular joints are located on each side of the head, directly in front of the ears. These joints connect the jaw to the base of the skull, and the surrounding muscles allow the joint to open and close.
Our TMJs are important because they articulate our facial bones and joints, enabling us to speak, chew, and move our mouths. If you have chronic jaw pain, you may have a TMJ disorder.
What Are TMJ Disorders?
Each jaw joint has a soft internal disk of cartilage that acts as a shock absorber. This internal disk—also called the articular disk—creates a buffer between your facial bones and jaw joints. The articular disk cushions your bones and protects them from abrasion and natural wear and tear. Sometimes, your TMJ can become misaligned or displaced and alter the function and balance of your bite. This is where disorders of the TMJ come in.
There are different types of TMJ disorders (TMD), but many of them share the same symptoms. If you live with a TMJ disorder, you may experience:
- Jaw pain in one or both joints
- Earaches and headaches
- Difficulty chewing or pain when chewing
- Pain in face, neck, and shoulders
- Tenderness and stiffness in the jaw or face
- An unbalanced or uneven bite
Popping and clicking of the jaw alone doesn’t indicate you have TMD unless you experience other symptoms with it. If you suspect you have TMD, Dr. Chad can help make that determination and prescribe a comprehensive plan for your treatment.
What Causes TMD?
Though we aren’t always certain what causes TMD, the most common reason is that the articular disk slips or shifts out of place. It’s also possible you may have TMD due to one or more of the following:
- Trauma to the jaw
- Dislocation of the jaw
- Teeth grinding and clenching
- An inflammatory disorder like arthritis
Regardless of what may have caused your TMD, Dr. Chad can deliver long-lasting, pain-relieving results so you can enjoy your life again.
How We Treat TMJ Pain and TMD in De Pere, WI
Fox View Dental offers several non-invasive treatment solutions to address TMJ problems and structural issues in the jaw joint. Some of these treatments include the use of advanced technology and splint therapy. With advanced technology like Joint Vibration Analysis and digital Tekscan equipment, we can monitor and relieve the pressure on your jaw.
We also use splint therapy to help us gently reposition the jaw, which improves your jaw’s range of motion and function. Fox View Dental also offers on-site MLS laser therapy services to help alleviate the chronic pain caused by TMJ disorders until we can adequately restore the underlying structural issue.
Tired of TMJ Pain? Get Relief Today!
Discomfort and pain associated with TMJ can be absolute misery. It can make eating, speaking, and even yawning painful. However, you don’t have to suffer from TMJ issues any longer. Dr. Chad has the skills and knowledge to solve complex TMJ issues. With Dr. Chad’s support and therapy to remedy your TMJ troubles, you can enjoy your life without jaw pain.
To schedule an appointment with our Green Bay dental office, please give us a call at (920) 336-4201.