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TMJ/TMD 101

TMJ disorder can be painful and come with various symptoms. Getting the treatment you need can not only relieve you from your discomfort but can also prevent worsening symptoms and jaw function impairment. We offer treatments for TMD that work!

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What is TMJ Disorder?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jawbone to the skull. It acts as a sliding hinge and is located on either side of your jaw. TMJ disorder (TMD) causes pain in your jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement. Common symptoms of TMD include:

  • Migraines or headaches
  • Difficulty opening and closing your mouth
  • Tinnitus
  • Clicking or popping of the jaw
  • Discomfort around your temples, jaw, or the side of your face
  • Shoulder or neck pain

Who Does TMJ Disorder Affect?

TMD can affect millions of Americans each year. In fact, 15% of adults have this painful condition. Certain factors can increase your risk of developing TMD, such as

  • Arthritis
  • Jaw injury
  • Chronic bruxism
  • Certain connective tissue diseases
  • Misaligned bites
  • Stress or anxiety

How We Approach TMD Treatments

At Dental Healing Arts, we offer occlusal bite splint therapy to help treat TMJ disorder. Dr. Fotek will create a custom-made bite splint for you to wear at night. It’s designed to protect your teeth from grinding and clenching by stabilizing the occlusion of your bite.

Each splint is made of heat-cured acrylic resin and fabricated from impressions of your teeth.

How to Relieve TMD Symptoms

We want to help you manage your TMD symptoms, which is why Dr. Fotek works to provide professional advice on how to do so. If your TMD symptoms are at their worst, follow some of these helpful tips

  • Use cool and warm compresses for pain relief
  • Eat soft food or cut food into smaller pieces
  • Alleviate as much stress as possible
  • Reduce simple sugars and caffeine
  • Avoid frequently chewing ice, fingernails, or gum

Do You Have any Questions About TMJ Disorder?

You don’t have to live in pain and suffering because of your TMD. Dental Healing Arts proudly offers effective solutions that can help you enjoy life and everything you love without discomfort. Call us today if you have any questions.

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