TMJ Treatment: No More Aching Jaw
If you’ve got chronic jaw pain, your temporomandibular joints may be the cause. These joints, called TMJ, connect your jaw to your skull. Along with other muscles, ligaments, and bones, you use your TMJ for many movements like chewing, yawning, and speaking. A TMJ treatment awaits at Watterson Family Dentistry in Jackson, MI, if you have this disorder. Dr. Watterson, an alumna of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, can definitely help you!TMJ Treatment at Watterson Family Dentistry Read Transcript
I often find people come in complaining of one thing, perhaps an earache or a tooth pain, and the source of that is really a bad bite which leads to joint problems. Oftentimes people come in and say, “I have TMJ problems.” We are able to relate to that and we can help them. Again, diagnosing that is the most important aspect of that and figuring out what it is that's the source of the problem. Once we identify that, oftentimes bite splint therapy is the first step in that. It's a reversible process that we don't alter anything in your mouth or in your joint, but we can achieve comfort and we can help establish balance and harmony in your muscles. That helps us make a diagnosis further about what else may need to be done to further your comfort at that point.
Diagnosing TMJ disorders (TMD) can be tricky because its symptoms are present in many other conditions. Fortunately, Dr. Scott Watterson has studied TMD extensively, so he can help determine if your TMJ is causing problems.
We can also measure you for a custom bite splint in our Jackson, MI dentist office, using our high-tech CEREC system to take digital impressions of your teeth. Wearing a splint often relieves jaw pain.
To find out if you have a TMJ disorder, call Watterson Family Dentistry at 517-888-0021.
Relieve TMJ Pain with Bite Splints
Though no one knows for certain what causes TMJ disorders, many medical professionals believe teeth grinding and clenching (called “bruxism”) play a role. Other factors associated with TMD include:
- A bite misalignment
- A jaw injury
A customized bite splint relieves pressure on your jaw and can help get your teeth into the proper alignment. It also prevents you from grinding or clenching your teeth. A bite splint often offers relief for chronic headaches too!
Advantages of using a bite splint include:
- They are made of clear acrylic, so they are quite discreet
- Unlike some other TMJ treatments, which can include orthodontics and surgery, bite splints are noninvasive
- They are not expensive
Know If You Have a TMJ Disorder
Dr. Watterson will examine you using high-tech tools like our digital X-ray machine. He’ll review your medical history and ask about common TMJ symptoms like:
- Chronic headaches or migraines (he may coordinate with your physician for proper care)
- Difficulty opening or closing your mouth
- A popping or clicking sound when you open your mouth
- Jaw tenderness