What You Need to Know About TMJ and TMJ Therapy

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TMJ is when the temporomandibular joint becomes inflamed or misaligned and causes pain and discomfort on either side of your jaw. There are many other issues that can arise from TMJ. If you suspect that you have TMJ it is important to get seen by a dentist and to get prescribed TMJ therapy to help correct what is causing your TMJ problems.

Symptoms of TMJ

 It is important to be able to recognize the symptoms of TMJ so that you can receive the right TMJ therapy as soon as possible. Some symptoms include:

  • Migraines and headaches
  • Locking of jaw
  • Pain in jaw area
  • Pain in neck
  • Tinnitus
  • Face pain

Causes of TMJ

There are many causes of TMJ. It could be one or a combination of issues listed below. Proper diagnosis is important so that the proper TMJ therapy can be used.

  • Stress
  • Gum chewing
  • Arthritis
  • Injury
  • Tooth or jaw alignment
  • Teeth grinding

TMJ Therapy 

Your TMJ therapy will depend on the symptoms you are experiencing and what we determine the cause to be. It is very important to be seen by an experienced dentist in TMJ therapy to receive the best quality of care. Some TMJ therapies are listed below.

  • Realignment of teeth and/or jaw
  • Mouth guard to prevent teeth grinding
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Medication
  • Stress management
  • Massage

It is important to know that TMJ therapy is very successful and can provide you the relief from pain and discomfort that you are seeking. Here at Drs. Batten & Heath Family Dentistry, we are very experienced in TMJ therapy. If you are experiencing of the symptoms above, please give us a call today.