Do you suffer from chronic jaw pain, headaches, or clicking sounds when you open and close your mouth? These symptoms could be indicative of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, a condition that affects the joints and muscles responsible for jaw movement. At South Weber Dental in Ogden, UT, Dr. Eric Russell and our experienced team specialize in TMJ treatment, providing effective solutions to relieve pain and improve jaw function.
Understanding TMJ and TMD
TMJ disorder, often referred to as TMD, occurs when there is dysfunction or misalignment of the jaw joints and surrounding muscles. The temporomandibular joints are located on either side of your head, just in front of the ears. These joints connect the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull and facilitate jaw movement, such as chewing, speaking, and yawning.
Common signs and symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
- Jaw pain or tenderness
- Difficulty or discomfort while chewing
- Clicking, popping, or grinding sounds when moving the jaw
- Headaches or migraines
- Ear pain or ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Facial pain or fatigue
- Locking of the jaw or limited jaw movement
Causes of TMJ Disorder
TMJ disorder can have various causes, including:
- Jaw Misalignment: An improper bite or malocclusion can strain the jaw joints excessively, leading to TMJ disorder.
- Teeth Grinding or Clenching (Bruxism): Habitual grinding or clenching of teeth can stress the jaw muscles and joints, contributing to TMD symptoms.
- Injury or Trauma: A direct blow to the jaw or head can result in TMJ dysfunction.
- Arthritis: Degenerative joint conditions, such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, can affect the TMJ.
- Stress: Emotional or psychological stress can cause increased muscle tension, including in the jaw area, leading to TMD symptoms.
TMJ Treatment Options
South Weber Dental offers personalized TMJ treatment plans tailored to address your specific needs and symptoms. Dr. Eric Russell will conduct a comprehensive evaluation and recommend the most appropriate treatment options, which may include:
- Nightguards or Occlusal Splints: Custom-made oral appliances that are worn during sleep to prevent teeth grinding and clenching. These appliances help alleviate jaw pain and protect the teeth from excessive wear.
- Bite Adjustments: If an improper bite causes your TMJ disorder, Dr. Russell may recommend biting adjustments to correct the alignment of your teeth and reduce strain on the jaw joints.
- Orthodontics: In cases where misalignment or malocclusion contributes to TMJ disorder, orthodontic treatment may be necessary to align the teeth and jaws properly.
- Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), muscle relaxants, or other pain medications may be prescribed to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation.
- Stress Management Techniques: Stress reduction techniques, such as relaxation exercises, counseling, or biofeedback, may be recommended to minimize jaw muscle tension.
- Physical Therapy: Therapeutic exercises, stretching, and manual techniques can help improve jaw mobility and alleviate TMJ symptoms.
- Referral to Specialists: In severe cases or when other treatment options are insufficient, Dr. Russell may refer you to a trusted specialist, such as an oral surgeon or a TMJ specialist, for advanced care.
TMJ Consultation at South Weber Dental
A TMJ consultation at South Weber Dental with Dr. Eric Russell is a great way to relieve the pain and discomfort of TMJ disorder. Dr. Russell is a board-certified dentist specializing in diagnosing and treating TMJ disorders. He will perform a comprehensive exam to assess your symptoms and determine your best treatment.
During your consultation, Dr. Russell will ask about your symptoms, including any pain, clicking, or popping in your jaw. He will also examine your jaw and teeth to look for any signs of damage. Dr. Russell may also order imaging tests, such as X-rays or a CT scan, to get a better look at your jaw joint.
Once Dr. Russell has diagnosed your TMJ disorder, he will discuss your treatment options with you.
TMJ Treatment in Ogden, UT
If you are experiencing TMJ disorder symptoms, don’t suffer in silence. Contact South Weber Dental in Ogden, UT, to schedule a consultation and explore your TMJ treatment options. Dr. Eric Russell and our compassionate team are committed to helping you find relief from jaw pain, improve jaw function, and restore your quality of life. Let us be your partners in achieving a pain-free and healthy jaw.