TMJ Causes and Treatment

TMJ disorder TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) disorder, or TMJ syndrome, is described as dysfunction of the jaw joint. The TMJ is connected to the lower jaw of the skull that is in front of the ear. When normal functions of the jaw such as talking, chewing, and swallowing become difficult and you experience pain in the face, neck, ears and have headaches, the temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ) is the probable diagnosis.

Causes of TMJ

While there is no single cause for TMJ disorder, there are a number of factors that contribute to the disorder including:

  • Arthritis
  • Dislocation or injury of the jaw
  • Stress and teeth grinding
  • Tooth and jaw alignment
  • Trauma to the head, neck, or face
  • Hormonal changes or imbalances
  • Malocclusion (where the jaws do not line up correctly resulting in bite problems)

Treatment Options for TMJ

At Creekside Dentistry, we will gently and naturally treat your TMJ disorder by bringing the head, neck, jaw and bite into proper alignment, restoring your oral health and a comfortable bite. Dr. Karl Neuhaus or Dr. Walter Neuhaus will start with a comprehensive evaluation to look for the signs and symptoms of TMJ dysfunction such as worn teeth, cracked or chipped teeth and a dysfunctional bite. Using advanced diagnostic equipment, he will determine the source of instability and create a customized treatment plan to bring the teeth and bite into proper alignment.

  • TMJ Mouth Guard – A TMJ mouth guard is a removable oral appliance that helps to keep the teeth and jaw in proper position. Usually worn during sleep, and the oral appliance may also prevent teeth grinding or clenching which can lead to tooth wear and contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. TMJ treatment through splints, mouth guards and night guards can help to alleviate the most common symptoms of TMJ dysfunction and prevent damage to the teeth and gums.
  • Bite Correction Procedures – Occlusal equilibration, better known as bite correction or TMJ correction, is the process of adjusting the alignment of the teeth for optimal fit. The teeth should line up so that they make even contact with one another, creating a low-stress bite. Over 95% of TMJ dysfunction (TMD) and TMJ pain are caused by an improper occlusion. Bite correction can help to alleviate the symptoms of TMD such as a sore jaw, headaches, teeth clenching, and more.

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Creekside Dentistry may be the right dentist to solve your complex dental problems. Find out what treatments are right for you, call (716) 262-8070 or request an appointment online.