While you may have heard of TMJ, you may not know that it stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the place where your jaw connects to your skull and allows you to open and close your mouth. When you have an issue with TMJ, you can suffer from several side effects, including heachaches to problems opening your jaw all the way to painful clicking when you do. TMJ can turn into chronic pain, but it can be alleviated through TMJ Therapy. This kind of therapy actually includes different ways to treat your pain and improve function in your jaw so that you no longer suffer on a daily basis and need to rely on painkillers to make it through the day.
There are many reasons you may have pain in your jaw. Sometimes it is temporary, while other times it becomes chronic and begins to affect you on a daily basis.
A situational TMJ disorder might include a stressful work period during which you excessively grind or clench your teeth, which can cause inflammation in your joint. Many other times, TMJ disorders cause chronic pain that can become permanent without treatment. This can be caused by several reasons, including arthritis, cartilage recession, a misaligned jaw, or clenching and/or grinding your teeth at night (known as sleep bruxism).
TMJ therapy is designed to restore full function to your jaw as well as eliminate pain. You will be able to fully open your mouth without worrying about dislocating your jaw. Treatment will also alleviate the migraines that often accompany a problem with your jaw and jaw joint.
Treatment also allows the doctor to see the underlying cause of your disorder, which can avert problems such as broken teeth or gum disease that can result from the inflammation and constant stress on your jaw. Moreover, the entire health of your mouth will improve with treatment and keep the condition from becoming permanent.
One of the simplest yet most effective ways to ease TMJ disorder is to wear a mouthguard at night to keep teeth from pressing against each other. Since the teeth are no longer touching, a nerve reflex is triggered which allows the muscle to relax and your jaw to stop clenching. This will also greatly reduce problems from headaches and your teeth from wearing down.
Many times, TMJ disorder occurs when your jaw is not aligned properly, causing teeth to grind and creating painful migraines. Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that is quite effective at correcting this issue. While it can take several months to complete, it offers a permanent solution to correct your TMJ disorder.
Dr. Greenberg believes in the “less is best” approach to treatment, with the understanding that each patient is different and presents with their own unique set of symptoms and lifestyle. The most important thing to do before attempting to treat TMJ is to arrive at a proper diagnosis. Many diagnosed cases of TMJ Disorder or Jaw Pain are severe and require more intensive treatment.
These cases may require fixing a jaw bite that is misaligned, or repositioning teeth that are causing an uneven bite. Dentofacial orthodontic devices may be recommended for treatment if it is deemed appropriate. Dr. Greenberg believes firmly in treating the whole patient and not just their mouths. She understands that each case is different, and that every patient comes in with their own unique set of difficulties and hopes for treatment. If you are struggling with Jaw Pain or TMJ Disorders, please don’t suffer another day! Dr. Vickie Greenberg uses her 25 years of specialization in dentofacial orthodontics, her compassion for care, and industry leading technology to design the best possible treatment plan for your health and happiness. Please call our office today to schedule a consultation and get you back to being as healthy and pain-free as possible!
Absolutely. There are many different ways you can try to ease your pain. For example, you can eat soft foods, avoid chewing gum, avoid using your front teeth to bite, avoid opening your mouth more than a couple of inches, and use both sides of your mouth to chew. You should also use cold or warm compresses (depending on your type of pain) up to five times a day on your jaw. You can also gently massage your jaw to alleviate pressure as needed during your day.
The length of time to correct your disorder depends on its severity and the type of treatment you end up having for it. While you may stop feeling symptoms a few weeks after beginning treatment, it may actually take much longer than that for the underlying cause to heal. Make sure to talk to Dr. Greenberg about what you can expect during your specific treatment.
The price for your treatment will depend on what kind of treatment you get. This is because some only require a single appointment, while others can take much longer. Your treatment type will be chosen based on the cause of your TMJ disorder and how severe it is. Fortunately, dental insurance usually covers most, if not all, of the treatments used for TMJ disorders. If your insurance does not cover all or any of your treatment, or if you do not have insurance, make sure to ask about payment plans or even alternate forms of financing during your free consultation.
Greenberg Orthodontics & TMJ not only offers specialized care, but you can also first see if it’s the right choice for you by booking your FREE consultation. We offer these free consultations to get to know you and help ease your or your child’s fears about what it means to have ongoing dental treatments and how that can improve your overall quality of life.