Temporomandibular joint disorder is a common condition that affects joints and chewing muscles. It can be painful for many patients, making it difficult to chew, speak, and even swallow. There are many ways to treat TMJ dislocation, but the most effective TMJ cure is bit rehabilitation using noninvasive bite splints. At Sunny Dental, we only use highly personalized bite splints to take the pressure off your jaw muscles while moving your jaws into the ideal position. To learn more about TMJ disorder and TMJ cure, please contact our dentist specialist in TMJ.
TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder, also known as TMD, is a condition that affects the joints connecting the jawbone to the skull. These joints are responsible for all the movements related to your mouth, such as speaking and eating. TMD is a condition wherein the jaw joints and surrounding muscles are inflamed or compromised. This leads to muscle pain, headaches, and migraines, which spread all the way to the neck, shoulders, and head area. If the condition is not attended to, it can cause joint damage and a problem in the way the jaw functions.
- Pain and tenderness in the jaws
- Pain in one or both sides of the jaws
- Aching sensations in and around the ears
- Pain while chewing
- Facial pains
- Locking sensations in the mouth
- The shock-absorbing discs between the temporomandibular joints erode or move out of alignment.
- The cartilages of the temporomandibular joints become arthritic.
- The temporomandibular joints are damaged due to injuries or damage.
There are many methods used to deal with the condition, but research has found out that non-invasive ways are the best to use due to their high success rate.
We use bite splints to reduce the weight on your jaw muscles. This also helps to reduce the pain felt on the jaw muscles and joints that help while moving your jaws. A bite splint is a ‘hard plastic wafer’ worn on the upper teeth. To ensure it remains in place, the splints have clasps that are attached to the teeth. They can be worn at any time, either during the day or at night.
The first time you wear them, they may feel uncomfortable, but you get used to them with time. After a week, the splints will feel like a part of you. The splints are made to fit your mouth appropriately. Once you stop using them, they may feel small when you resume. To prevent the unusual feeling, wear them consistently. When you wear the splint, there should be little space between the teeth, and your lips should be closed together.
Bite rehabilitation with bite splints is the best treatment for TMJ. The bite splint reduces the weight on your jaw muscles while moving your jaws in the ideal position. This restores alignment and reduces jaw pains.
You can permanently cure TMJ by addressing the root cause of the problem — misalignment in the temporomandibular joints. Bite splints can reposition your jaws, moving them in the correct position for optimal alignment to take the pressure off.
Minor TMJ disorder might go away without treatment. However, if you have sustained TMJ pains with repeated episodes, discomfort while chewing, or constant migraines, you need to contact a dentist specializing in TMJ therapy.
- Don’t clench your jaws or grind your teeth.
- Don’t chew on pencils, ice cubes, or other hard objects.
- Eat soft foods cut into small pieces.
- Don’t chew gum.
- Exercise and massages your jaws according to the dentist’s specifications.
- Apply hot and cold packs to your jaws to alleviate discomfort.
The dentist specializing in TMJ disorders will ask you to open and close your mouth to determine if there are any clicking or popping sounds. They’ll also run imaging tests, such as x-rays, CT scans, and MRIs to examine your jaw muscles. This will help them diagnose the root cause of your jaw problems.
TMD causes pain, difficulty while chewing, bite problems, headaches, migraines, and other problems. If left untreated, these TMJ problems worsen and cause further complications.
Yes, headaches and migraines are prominent symptoms of TMJ disorders. TMJ-related headaches start at the back of the neck, behind the eyes, or around the temporomandibular joint. The headache then spreads to the rest of the head, increasing in severity with each attack.
Minor TMJ discomfort may heal over time. However, consistent and severe TMJ disorders don’t heal automatically — you must contact a dentist for diagnosis and bite rehabilitation to address TMJ problems.
Schedule Your Treatment for TMJ
Sunny Dental is a luxurious, state-of-the-art dental clinic led by a team of highly qualified dental specialists. Our dentists specialize in TMJ treatments using non-invasive methods, such as bite rehabilitation with bite splints. If you have the signs and symptoms of temporomandibular joint dysfunction, we encourage you to consider your TMJ treatment options. Please schedule an appointment at our dental clinic in Sunny Isles Beach, FL, or call (305) 944-7706.