TMJ/TMD therapy is a non-invasive, conservative treatment that realigns the jaw into an optimal position. It utilizes the use of a type of oral appliance that is worn while you sleep. The device is meant to position your jaw so that your bite is more balanced.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of TMD?
The signs and symptoms of TMD vary from person to person and can include muscle pain and stiffness in the jaw, clicking or popping of the jaw joint, a tired feeling in the face, and headaches. TMD can also cause problems with your teeth, such as difficulty chewing or clenching your teeth.
When to Seek a TMD Diagnosis or Treatment
If you experience any of the symptoms below, talk to your dentist about treatment options:
- Jaw pain
- Ear pain
- Neck pain
- Difficulty chewing
- Jaw clicking, popping, or locking
- Jaw tenderness
- Teeth grinding
- Gum disease
- Difficulty opening your mouth
- Difficulty closing your mouth
What Does TMD Therapy Involve?
Most cases of TMD can be alleviated through self-care and non-invasive therapies. Our dentist may recommend the following self-care tips:
- Avoid overuse of medications, which can cause dry mouth.
- Avoid teeth clenching or grinding.
- Avoid chewing gum, hard candy, or ice.
- Reduce stress.
- Sleep with a pillow that keeps the head and neck in a neutral position.
What Are the Benefits of TMD Treatment?
TMD treatment can improve your oral and overall health. Some of the benefits of TMD therapy include:
- Reduced jaw pain
- Improved range of motion
- More comfortable bite
- Improved speech
- Better sleep
- Reduced headaches
- Less stress
- Decreased risk of tooth decay
- Improved comfort when eating
Is TMD Therapy Safe? How Is It Performed?
Yes, TMJ/TMD therapy is very safe. If your jaw joints are causing you pain, chances are you’ve been dealing with this issue for a while. As a result, you may have developed habits or behaviors to avoid feeling pain. These habits or behaviors can be bad for your jaw joints. For example, you may avoid opening your mouth wide, or you can’t chew properly. These habits or behaviors can lead to TMD. The goal of TMD therapy is to treat the pain and bad habits or behaviors.
Schedule an appointment with Allen Creek Dentistry to learn more about TMJ/TMD therapy. We are located at 6618 64th St. NE, Suite C, Marysville, WA 98270. Contact Dentist in Marysville WA at (360) 651-2900 or visit our website to book an appointment.