TMJ Therapy

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects the jaw to the temporal bones in the skull. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) occurs when there are issues with the facial muscles and jaws.

Symptoms of TMD may include:

  • Pain in the face, jaw, or ears
  • Headaches, earaches, and pressure behind the eyes
  • A popping sound when opening or closing the mouth
  • Tenderness of the jaw muscles
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • A jaw that locks or goes out of place

Treatment for TMD

To diagnose TMD, our team will conduct a dental evaluation, and may take x-rays to view the jaw joint and surrounding facial structures. The muscles and tissues of the head and neck will also be checked for inflammation. While there is no cure for TMD, there are a number of treatments that can dramatically reduce your symptoms. These may include:

  • A custom-made night guard for those whose TMD is caused by clenching or grinding at night.
  • Applying moist heat or taking muscle relaxants, aspirin, or OTC anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Learning to relax the muscles in the jaw.
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Botox therapy can be used to help reduce symptoms

For some patients, TMD symptoms may disappear on their own, however, some patients may experience symptoms for a lifetime. At Southern Roots Dental, our team will work with you to create a custom treatment plan to reduce your symptoms.