TMJ & BRUXISM TREATMENT
Is TMJ Pain Taking over Your Life?
Don’t suffer with the painful symptoms of TMJ! A simple dental device may be all you need to relieve the pain and get on with your life!
We Offer TMJ Pain Relief in North Salt Lake, UT.
TMJ & Bruxism Treatment
When you wake up in the morning, do you notice headaches, jaw, or shoulder pain? Has your partner taken up residence on the sofa because of your loud snoring or strange popping or clicking noises while you sleep?
If you answer yes to either question, you may be grinding your teeth, a common sign of TMJ problems known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
In some cases, TMD symptoms like jaw pain can overtake your life and leave you desperate for relief. At Serene Dental of North Salt Lake, Dr. Will Bates offers treatment for TMJ pain or dysfunction using a small customized oral appliance.
The Difference between TMJ and TMD
Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or jaw joints are some of the most heavily used joints in the body. Yawning, laughing, smiling, speaking—it’s easy to see how the TMJ can become overworked, especially if you add a teeth-grinding habit called bruxism. TMJ problems can also be related to a head or jaw injury, malocclusion (bad dental bite), or arthritis.
TMD or temporomandibular joint disorder is the name we use when the TMJ isn’t functioning properly. Many people suffer from TMD. Common symptoms like teeth grinding (bruxism), worn down or broken teeth, jaw and facial pain, and severe headaches impact millions of lives.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
There are numerous symptoms of TMD to look for:
- Jaw pain
- Clicking or popping in the jaw
- Difficulty opening or closing your mouth
- Headaches and migraines
- Mouth locked open or closed
- Tinnitus or ringing in the ears
- Pain when yawning or chewing
TMJ Pain Relief in North Salt Lake, UT
If you experience one or more of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Bates. He will take digital and panoramic x-rays of your mouth to identify the reason for your TMJ pain.
Our TMJ dentist will also evaluate your dental bite to determine the relationship between the way your TMJ functions and the way your teeth come together when you bite down. Treatment depends on your unique needs, but Dr. Bates helps many TMJ pain sufferers find relief without complex or costly treatment.
The simplest approach is to customize a night guard—also referred to as an occlusal guard or oral splint—that prevents your upper and lower jaw from meeting when you bite down. Worn during sleep, the appliance absorbs the grinding and clenching force and gives your TMJ a chance to rest and recover while you sleep.
Since it is a complex disorder, it can be difficult or impossible to identify a single source for TMD discomfort. In this case, we’ll provide the relief you need by recommending TMJ pain treatment, including:
- Oral splints or occlusal guards
- Anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen
- Physical therapy
- Relaxation therapies and stress management
- Prescription muscle relaxers
- BOTOX® injections
Do You Need TMJ Pain Relief in North Salt Lake?
Living with TMJ pain takes its toll on you, your comfort, and your quality of life, but we can help you. Call Serene Dental of North Salt Lake to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Bates so he can determine if a nightguard or occlusal splint can provide much-needed TMJ pain relief.