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TMJ Therapy – Denver, CO

Relieving Jaw Pain for Good

A girl holding her jaw in pain

If you are plagued by continual jaw pain that results in frequent headaches, you’re not alone. Millions of American suffer from TMJ disorder, and when the temporomandibular joints are not working correctly, it can make your day-to-day routine unbearable. At Pearl Dentistry, we don’t want you to live in discomfort any longer, which is why we offer TMJ treatment! We will help to eliminate the pain associated with TMJ and help you get back to living a life free from discomfort and with a fully functional jaw. To find out how you can get help with TMJ therapy, contact our office to schedule an appointment!

What is TMJ Disorder?

The temporomandibular joint

TMJ is also referred to as temporomandibular disorder (TMD), and it occurs when the joints connecting your jaw to your skull do not work properly. Not only can it cause immense pain, but it often makes it much more difficult to eat, chew, speak, or even yawn.

Living with TMJ can be extremely difficult. So much of what you do each day involves moving your mouth, which includes your jaw. When pain, stiffness, and discomfort take over, it is time to seek treatment from your dentist.

What Causes TMJ Disorder?

A woman clenching her teeth

Because your jaw performs a wide range of functions each and every day, there can be multiple reasons a person might develop TMJ or TMD. Some of these reasons might include:

  • Chronic teeth grinding or clenching (Bruxism)
  • Genetics
  • Arthritis
  • Jaw injury
  • Misaligned bite (overbite, underbite, or open bite)
  • Stress
  • Poor posture

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of TMJ Disorder?

A woman with a headache

Not all patients with TMJ experience the same symptoms; however, the most common tend to be headaches. Whether you are experiencing these, there are other ways you can tell if you have TMJ:

  • Your jaw pops or clicks when opening
  • Locked jaw
  • Stiff neck or ear pain
  • Difficulty chewing or eating
  • Injury to your teeth
  • Facial pain

If you believe you have the signs of TMJ, don’t wait to seek treatment. Call our office to schedule an appointment.

Treatment Options for TMJ Disorder

An occlusal splint

Every patient is different, which means, you may or may not benefit from the same treatment performed on another individual. Thankfully, there are various treatment options available that can address your TMJ disorder.

When talking with your dentist about ways to eliminate jaw pain and put your oral health back on track, it is beneficial to discuss all forms of treatment to determine which one might be right for you. Some of these treatments include:

  • Orthodontics to help realign your bite and relieve the strain
  • A surgical procedure (This is typically only recommended in severe cases)
  • Jaw joint stretches and exercise to relieve pain and improve motion
  • Occlusal splints to prevent teeth clenching while asleep

The last solution, an occlusal splint, is a popular treatment method because it is custom-made for your mouth. Not only is it comfortable, but it is easy to use. By opting for a splint or occlusal adjustment, your jaw will be repositioned to the muscles and joints work together accordingly, preventing any pain.