TMJ (Jaw Joint) Pain
TMJ DISORDER OR TMD IS CAUSED BY THE IMPROPER FUNCTION OF THE TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT.
This is the socket and ball mechanism that enables your jaw to open and close comfortably. We use this joint in speaking and chewing, and it is a necessary movement for the enjoyment of everyday life.
If you experience pain in the jaw, then you may have TMD. See us at Refresh Dental Spay for a thorough assessment of your condition.
A range of symptoms can suggest TMJ Disorder. These symptoms can include:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Headaches and Migraines
- Aching jaw
- Hearing Loss
- Bruxism (grinding teeth during sleep)
- Damaged and worn down teeth
- Clicking or popping of your jaw
- Jaw stiffness
If you experience any of these symptoms, please book an appointment with Refresh Dental Spa so we can create a treatment plan to improve your jaw function.
TMJ Disorder Treatment
We will start by taking a full mouth x-ray, palpating the area, muscle-relaxing and taking a comprehensive health history as well as a summary of your lifestyle habits.
At Refresh Dental Spa, we can conservatively treat TMJ pain or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) with muscle relaxing injectables, in conjunction with bite splints.
Muscle-relaxing injectables have traditionally been used for cosmetic anti-wrinkle treatment, but are found to be a highly effective and safe way to treat TMJ/TMD disorder.
This is because the injectable numbs the nerve receptors in the muscles which initiate movement and contractions. Over-active muscle contraction or overuse due to stress and bruxism is a common cause of TMD/TMJ Disorder. This is why we recommend muscle relaxants as a way to overcome pain in the jaw.
This treatment will weaken the targeted muscles while leaving enough strength for regular use, so chewing and speaking function will not be affected. This treatment can relieve the side effects of TMD, such as tooth grinding and clenching.
Muscle relaxants usually last about four months and offer significant improvement when it comes to the comfort of your jaw. Most people find this length of time makes a big difference in the way they feel every day and their quality of life.
A bite splint is worn while you sleep and will be specifically designed to relieve stress put on your TMJ and decrease the frequency with which you grind your teeth.
The splint can either cover the middle teeth or the outermost teeth at the back of the mouth. The two sides will generally be connected with a metal wire for easy placement and removal.
Both treatments work together to improve symptoms of TMD, reducing pain and the symptoms of bruxism, which result in weakened enamel and severely damaged teeth.