TMJ (Tempro-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction)

TMJ (Tempro-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction)

Severe headaches, jaw pain, teeth grinding and ear ringing are all characteristics of Tempro-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome (TMJ). Although the disorder is common, it is often not known that a dentist can treat it.

Reasons for treating TMJ

  • TMJ causes severe pain that can be debilitating. It becomes worse with stress which can cause even more pain such as headaches and neck pain.
  • It’s fairly easy to treat. With the most common cause of TMJ being misaligned teeth, some orthodontic work may be able to eliminate the pain.
  • Teeth grinding is common among those with TMJ. It happens more often at night when the person is unaware they are doing it. Teeth grinding can erode the teeth and jawbone and cause worse problems in the long run.

How is TMJ Treated?

Dr. Regan DDS will begin by examining the area. X-rays will be taken and he will try and find the cause of the issue so they can recommend the best treatment. Although the most common cause of TMJ is misaligned teeth or a “bad bite”, it is possible that an injury can also cause the disorder.

Our staff can have a mouth guard made for your teeth which will prevent them from grinding. We may also recommend some stress management and relaxation techniques to try and keep the pain at ease. If needed, muscle relaxers may be prescribed.

The best option, if applicable, is to get the teeth realigned. This will eliminate the chances of re-occurrence and you will reap the many other benefits that come with having a perfectly straight smile.

Contact the office if you are experiencing any symptoms of TMJ.