Get Rid Of Headaches, Jaw Pain, and Soreness With TMJ Treatment

Causes of TMD/TMJ Syndrome

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome, also called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), is a disorder that is caused by injury or damage to your temporomandibular joint, which connects your jaw to your skull. There are several reasons why you may be experiencing TMJ syndrome, including recent teeth or jaw injuries, misalignment, arthritis, or teeth grinding at night or during the day. TMJ syndrome can also stem from poor posture, stress or anxiety, excessive gum chewing, and is also related to some sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea. TMD most commonly occurs in women between the ages of 20 and 40, but may occur to anyone at any age. A visit with your Carter Lake, Council Bluffs, and Omaha TMD dentist can reveal the likely causes of your TMJ syndrome.

Signs of TMD/TMJ Syndrome

If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, you might have TMJ syndrome:

Jaw Symptoms

  • Pain in the jaw joint
  • Clicking of the jaw
  • Stiffness or soreness of jaw
  • Difficulty opening and closing your mouth
  • Crunching or grinding noise when chewing
  • Irregular sounds when yawning

Ear Symptoms

  • Popping sound in the ears
  • Tenderness of or pain in the ears
  • Ringing in the ears

Face, Head & Neck Symptoms

  • Pain in the temples or headaches
  • Frequent migraines
  • Neck and shoulder pain and aches
  • Face swelling or facial pain

TMJ Treatment

Your dental professionals at Omni Dental Centre are trained to provide expert treatment of TMJ syndrome. Our Carter Lake, Council Bluffs, and Omaha doctors are able to provide the oral health education and counseling necessary to help you understand the behaviors that might be causing your TMJ pain. This includes ceasing of teeth clenching, leaning on your chin, or biting your fingernails. When you come for a consultation, we’ll perform a complete assessment of your mouth and jaw in order to properly diagnose your situation and recommend the most effective solution.

Bite Appliance/Splint Therapy

Dr. Nensel and Dr. Jones can assess your jaw and design a custom-fit bite appliance that is unique to your jaw composition. A bite guard is a mouthpiece that can manage your bite and prevent you from grinding your teeth while you sleep. An oral splint has the same functions to protect your teeth and jaw, but is worn all the time. Both custom appliances can help put your teeth in the correct position.

Physical Therapy

We may recommend physical therapy treatments, which could include ultrasounds, moist heat and ice, and other physical exercises to stretch and strengthen the jaw muscles. These practices can help relieve soreness and improve jaw mobility. As a part of this treatment, you will learn relaxation techniques to help loosen up your jaw and reduce stress.

Joint & Muscle Assessment

To help ease the pain and soreness in your jaw muscles, we may recommend that you try treating your jaw with a warm or cold pack. Our dentists can also show you how to properly apply pressure and massage your jaw muscles to aid in easing the pain. You may also benefit from avoiding opening our mouth too wide, especially when yawning. The key to relieving jaw pain is relaxing the muscles as much as possible.

Nutrition Assessment

We are able to make recommendations to your diet and nutrition that can decrease the stress that is put onto your jaw. Recommendations may include eating a soft diet, cutting food into small pieces, and avoiding hard, chewy, or sticky foods. Some soft foods that you might want to incorporate into your diet are yogurt, soup, fish, cooked fruits and vegetables, and grains. We may also recommend supplements to your diet that promote muscle and joint healing.

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