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TMJ Therapy in Stuart

Takes Away Chronic Jaw and Facial Pain

Many people are familiar with the term TMJ, but few know what it actually means: temporomandibular joint. Few people also realize how many problems can originate from the TMJ. TMJ headaches are a common complaint, and you may be suffering from this type of headache and not even know it. If you are experiencing headaches regularly along with the following symptoms, you may be suffering from TMJ problems:

  • A change in your bite
  • Locking of the jaw
  • Clicking in the jaw
  • Ear pain,stuffiness, or ringing in the ears
  • Dizziness or confusion
  • Sensitivity to light

Aesthetic Dentistry of Stuart uses neuromuscular dentistry techniques to alleviate your TMJ symptoms with TMJ therapy. You may also be experiencing neck and shoulder pain as a result of TMJ problems. Neuromuscular dentistry takes into account how the mouth affects the health of the entire body, making it able to find and alleviate previously unexplainable pain.

Experiencing any persistent pain such as headaches, ear pain or neck pain? Contact Aesthetic Dentistry of Stuart to learn more about TMJ therapy and find out how neuromuscular dentistry can help alleviate TMJ-related pain.

Enjoy total oral health and wellness with Aesthetic Dentistry of Stuart. Dr. Amy Crary and Dr. Elizabeth Bacha offer a wide range of dental care services in Stuart, including general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, as well as neuromuscular dentistry for TMJ therapy. Aesthetic Dentistry of Stuart also proudly serves patients from Port St. Lucie, Palm City, Jensen Beach and Hobe Sound.

TMJ Therapy FAQs

Woman lying in bed with jaw pain

How much do you know about TMJ disorders? Do you fully understand what treatment is going to entail? Helping you make good decisions is an important part of TMJ therapy, which is why we encourage our patients to ask questions during their visits. If there’s something you want to know before your appointment, we invite you to check the frequently asked questions listed below and see if we’ve already provided the answer that you’re looking for.

What Caused My TMJ Disorder?

That can be a difficult question to answer because there are multiple possible causes for TMJ-related problems, and in some cases the ultimate root of the disorder is never made clear. That said, there are several contributing factors that we might identify. For example, the upper and lower teeth might not be positioned correctly when the mouth is closed, putting uneven pressure on the jaw. Other risk factors include clenching or grinding of the teeth, trauma to the jaw area, and arthritis. We’ll do all we can to figure out what’s contributing to your TMJ disorder, and we’ll give you suggestions for changes you can make in your daily life that can potentially reduce your symptoms.

What Can I Do at Home to Reduce My TMJ Pain?

In addition to seeking TMJ therapy, it generally helps to:

  • Eat mostly soft foods while staying away from anything that requires you to bite with your front teeth, such as an unsliced apple.
  • Do not chew gum or eat anything that requires excessive amounts of chewing.
  • Be conscious about chewing with both sides of your mouth.
  • Apply moist heat to sore areas of the jaw for 5 to 10 minutes up to four times throughout the day.
  • Gently massage your sore jaw joints on a regular basis.

What Sort of Treatments are Available?

Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on addressing the cause of the problem, which generally lies in the jaw joint, the muscle, or the position of your teeth. One possible solution is to use a TENS unit. TENS stands for transcutaneous electrical neural stimulation. We can use the device to relax the neck and head, thus stimulating the release of endorphins to reduce your pain. Also, we can use electromyography and sonography to accurately diagnose your TMJ issues and help reduce the pain.

Will I Need Surgery for My TMJ Disorder?

Surgery is something of a last resort when it comes to treating TMJ disorders. It’s better to stick with the more conservative forms of treatment offered at Aesthetic Dentistry of Stuart whenever possible, especially if your symptoms aren’t especially severe. In general, surgery is only considered necessary if:

  • You constantly suffer from intense pain whenever you move your mouth.
  • You are unable to completely open or close your mouth.
  • Your disorder is making it difficult for you to eat or drink.
  • Your symptoms continue to get worse even after neuromuscular dental treatments.
  • There are specific structural problems contributing to your TMJ disorder.