New, Advanced TMJ Treatments*
Permanent, state-of-the-art solutions for headaches, jaw pain, and neck pain in Carmel, IN*
Do you have recurring head, jaw, or neck pain? Are your jaws frequently popping, clicking, grinding, or locking? You might be suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects the mandible, or the lower jaw, to the skull’s temporal bone, the bone in front of the ear on both sides of the head. This hinge joint is flexible and helps the jaw move from side to side or up and down. The muscles connected to the jaw joint also help control jaw movement and position.
Why TMJ Disorders Happen*
TMJ disorders are often the result of development issues that were never caught or treated. Your jaw has two arches and with TMDs, the upper arch never expands as it should. The result is a misalignment.
When your jaw is out of alignment, there is never rest for your jaw because it’s constantly straining. Your muscles and joints start causing symptoms as a result.
Most patients who have TMJ disorders experience years of discomfort, as well as sleep apnea. The two conditions go hand in hand, so if you are concerned that you may have TMD, let this be one more reason you seek treatment as soon as possible.
Signs You Might Have a TMJ Disorder*
So, how do you know if you have a TMJ disorder or not? Here are some signs and symptoms to look out for:
- Head and neck pain
- Pressure behind your eyes
- Ringing in your ears
- Tingling in your fingers
- Tendency to clench and grind your teeth
- Chipping and wear on your teeth
- Teeth that are just getting shorter
- Clicking and popping in your jaw joints
- Tired feeling in the jaw
- Sinus congestion and or/ dizziness
- Limited ability to open the mouth
- Difficulty swallowing
Benefits of a Dentist Treating TMD*
There are several reasons why going to a dentist is the best option for treating TMJ disorders. For starters, it deals with your jaw and dentists deal with jaw and issues all day, every day. Here are some other benefits of having a dentist treat your TMJ disorder:
Up to 50% Less Cost
Compared to surgical or jaw-replacement solutions, TMJ disorder treatment at a dentist is very affordable. Patients typically experience up to 50 percent off the cost of other providers and can potentially even provide an affordable solution in the form of a night guard or other device. It depends on you and your unique situation.
Other TMD treatment centers may recommend temporary solutions like medication prescriptions for pain or cold wraps. At Really Smile, we get to the core of the issue and aim to provide better, longer-lasting, effective results that improve your quality of life.
Avoiding medications and surgery can also be better for your health. We’ll consult with you to discuss the best solution for your needs and give you healthy, effective TMJ treatment.
Less to No Pain
Many of our TMJ disorder solutions have little or no pain involved. We’ll help your jaw find its most comfortable position and develop a treatment plan that allows a natural, comfortable, pain-free position to be the norm.
As your TMJ disorder is treated and your jaw gets better aligned, you’ll have an improved appearance and more natural smile. The way you talk and eat may be improved as well.
Choose Really Smile for TMD Treatment
Dr. Smith practices neuromuscular dentistry at Really Smile, which results in faster and long-lasting solutions to TMD.