TMJ Therapy - Carmel, In
Stop Your Jaw Pain with a Nightguard
Living with a TMJ disorder is no laughing matter. When the temporomandibular joint, which connects your jaw to your skull, functions incorrectly, it leads to a variety of symptoms that negatively impact your quality of life. Although you may feel alone in the situation, it is estimated as much as 12% of the population suffer from reoccurring jaw pain. Supported by over 30 years of experience in dentistry, we can help you get the relief you need with TMJ treatment in Carmel.
What is TMJ Disorder?
Your temporomandibular joint is located on either side of your face and acts as a hinge to connect your jawbone to your skull. When it functions incorrectly, it can cause pain in the joint and the surrounding muscles. This can lead to limited mobility of your jaw, which can make everyday tasks like speaking, chewing, and yawning painful and difficult. This is known as a TMJ or TMD disorder.
What Causes TMJ Disorder?
Although a TMJ disorder can occur in anyone, women as twice as likely as men to develop it. There are several reasons why it may occur, such as genetics, arthritis, or a past jaw injury. Often, it is found in people who have a habit of grinding or clenching their teeth, known as bruxism. On the other hand, a TMJ disorder can often lead to bruxism. In some cases, the disorder can also be the result of a poorly aligned bite placing uneven pressure on the joints. No matter the cause, your dentist in Carmel has the solutions you need to stop your pain.
Signs and Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
A TMJ disorder can produce a variety of symptoms. Although they are often thought to only be localized to the jaw, they can occur in several areas. In some cases, the symptoms may dissipate over time and reoccur in the future from stress or strain on the joint.
Those with a TMJ disorder can experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Pain or tenderness of your jaw or face.
- Pain in one or both temporomandibular joints.
- Aching pain in or around your ears.
- Ringing in the ears.
- Difficulty chewing.
- Jaw locking in an opened or closed position.
- Clicking, popping, or grating sensation when opening or closing your mouth.
- Reoccurring headaches.
Your dentist discusses your symptoms and evaluates your oral structures to pinpoint the cause of your discomfort. We then create the customized treatment plan you need to improve your quality of life.
How Can a Custom Nightguard Help with TMJ/TMD?
A custom-made nightguard is the most convenient treatment for TMJ disorders. It is designed from an impression of your mouth to align your jaw into a more comfortable resting position. This takes strain off the joint to improve your symptoms. Over time. Your jaw is retrained to fall into this position naturally for long-term relief.
Stop Your Jaw Pain Today!
Our experienced dental team can help you get the relief you need. If you are ready to stop your jaw pain, contact our office today to schedule your consultation for TMJ therapy.