TMJ Treatment / Mouthguard
If you have trouble opening your mouth fully, if your jaw joints pop, or if you have discomfort when biting and chewing, you may have a problem with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This pain can be constant, temporary, or situational, and at Healdsburg Dental Spa in Healdsburg, CA, our team will determine exactly what’s going on with your oral health and whether you need TMJ treatment or a customized mouthguard to relieve your pain.
Causes of TMJ Problems
- Grinding or clenching teeth
- Bite imbalance
- Jaw injury
- Missing teeth
Signs and Symptoms That You Might Need TMJ TreatmentMost people who need TMJ treatment already suspect that they have an oral health problem – they just might not realize exactly where the problem is originating or what kind of help they need to fix it. Typical symptoms of temporomandibular disorder (TMD) include the following:
- Discomfort when chewing
- Pain or tenderness in the jaw
- Limited jaw mobility
- Jaw gets locked in the open position
- Clicking or popping sounds when opening the mouth
- Headaches (especially in the morning)
- Ear pain or ringing ears
- Stiff shoulders, neck, and back
Types of TMJ Treatment for Temporomandibular DisorderWhen you go to your dentist for help with your jaw discomfort and pain, she will conduct a comprehensive examination of your mouth and evaluate the symptoms you report to accurately diagnose the situation. If you do have TMD and need TMJ treatment, your Healdsburg dentist will begin with the most conservative but effective options that will bring your bite into balance. TMJ treatments will vary depending on your dentist’s diagnosis but may include:
- Mouthguard: A customized oral appliance, often referred to as a nightguard, is worn while sleeping to help reduce any strain on the jaw joints. This is especially helpful for patients with sleep bruxism who grind and clench their teeth in sleep.
- Trigger point injections: Sometimes, relief can be delivered right at the source of your jaw pain with pain medication injected into the facial muscles, also known as trigger points.
- If the bite is not correct, it will create TMJ as well. If this is an issue, it can be treated by either braces or Invisalign.