Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the area where your jaw attaches to your skull to enable you to close and open your mouth smoothly. Sometimes the TMJ is damaged or injured, resulting in a potentially debilitating condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder or dysfunction (TMD). If you're having pain or hearing sounds whenever you open or close your jaw, then schedule an appointment with our board-certified dental group to see if TMD is affecting your oral and jaw joint health. At West Bridgewater Dental, we utilize innovative tools to examine and care for your TMD to ease pain and improve jaw joint comfort. Your TMJ therapy will be dependent on the cause of your TMD and your particular condition, but treatment options may include oral appliances (night or mouth guards), bite modification, dental restorations, and other treatment types.
Temporomandibular joint disorder can be brought on by an injury to the jaw, years of grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw (bruxism), or a misaligned bite (dental malocclusion). Other conditions that might lead to TMD include a tumor in the TMJ or arthritis. Sometimes the reason for TMD is uncertain, but if you're having signs and symptoms, our experienced dentists can diagnose and provide care for your TMJ. The most typical signs of TMD are tenderness or pain in the jaw, involuntary contractions in your face muscles, feeling as if your jaw is rigid or stuck, and frequent headaches that begin near your ears. Another sign is hearing cracking, clicking, or popping when you open or close your mouth.
What To Expect
To diagnose TMD, our caring team will listen carefully to your concerns and perform a physical exam. Throughout the examination, we'll evaluate how your jaw moves and check for indications of misalignment, jaw clenching, teeth grinding, and other concerns. Our dentists will also palpate the jawbone and lower face for any swelling and tenderness. Depending on your condition, we may take digital images of your jaw and conduct an analysis of your bite to search for underlying factors and determine the ideal therapy approach. Our West Bridgewater, MA team will then review our findings and discuss your treatment options, which could include a mouth guard (night guard), teeth straightening, restorations (crowns or bridges), palliative care, or other treatment options.
Along with treatments to address the root cause of your TMD, our skilled dental team may suggest palliative options to ease pain and other problems on your own. This may include a liquid or soft food diet, not biting your nails or chewing gum, applying heat to your jaw, and relaxation methods. We may also show you exercises to strengthen your jaw or prescribe medication to relax your muscles (and to ease pain, nervousness, or even inflammation).
You should continue to go to follow-up appointments so that we can assess the results from your TMJ treatment. If your therapy isn't providing desired results, our dentists may recommend an alternate strategy. Once your TMD has been treated, it's important to keep yearly dental examinations at West Bridgewater Dental to maintain your oral health.
Dental insurance policies for diagnosing TMJ pain and TMD remedies may vary so we'll get in touch with your insurance provider to determine coverage amounts and any personal expenses. Our knowledgeable staff will review insurance coverage amounts and cost when explaining treatment options. To make TMD treatment affordable, West Bridgewater Dental accepts several payment options. We can also help you find medical financing to cover the cost of your care.
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Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain can make it tough to eat, talk, and enjoy your day-to-day life. Since there are many potential causes, signs and symptoms, and remedies to treat temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), we recommend scheduling a visit with our modern practice in West Bridgewater, MA. Our skilled dental team will perform a detailed exam prior to your diagnosis and review treatment options. Contact our practice today to learn more and schedule your appointment.