The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is the point where your jaw connects to your skull to allow your jaw to open easily. Sometimes the temporomandibular joint becomes injured or damaged, causing a painful condition called temporomandibular joint dysfunction or disorder (TMD). If you are experiencing pain or hearing noises when you move your jaw, schedule a consultation with a skilled member of the Chestnut Hill Dental team to determine if you have TMD. At our upscale practice, in Chestnut Hill, MA, our team of talented dental professionals uses advanced equipment to assess and treat your TMD to alleviate symptoms. Your TMJ treatment will be based on the cause of your TMD and your specific condition, but some options include oral appliances (mouth or night guards), bite alteration, dental restorations, and more.
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Temporomandibular joint dysfunction could be brought about by a single injury to the jaw, chronic jaw clenching and teeth grinding (bruxism), or dental malocclusion (misalignment of the teeth). Medical conditions that can result in TMD include a tumor in the temporomandibular joint or arthritis. In some cases, the reason behind TMD cannot be determined, but if you are experiencing symptoms and signs of the condition, our team can still diagnose and treat your jaw. A few of the most common symptoms of TMD are pain or tenderness in the jaw joint, spasms in your facial muscles, feeling as though your jaw is stiff or stuck, and headaches that start around your ears. Another symptom is hearing popping, clicking, or cracking whenever you use your jaw.
What To Expect
To help diagnose a temporomandibular dysfunction, one of our dedicated dentists will carefully listen to and understand your concerns before performing a physical examination. During the exam, we will assess the movement of your jaw and search for indicators of teeth grinding, jaw clenching, and misalignment. We will also feel the jaw joint and surrounding area for any tenderness and inflammation. In some cases, we may request digital x-rays or a bite analysis of your lower face to search for underlying causes that could help us determine the best treatment method. Based on the findings of the exam, we will discuss your treatment options that might include a dental appliance, orthodontics, or restorative dentistry (bridges, crowns, and dentures).
Along with procedures to address the underlying cause of your temporomandibular joint dysfunction, we may recommend other strategies to help alleviate pain and other symptoms while you are at home. This includes a soft-food diet, avoiding chewing gum and biting your nails, heat packs on your jaw, and relaxation techniques. Our team can also teach you exercises that will strengthen your jaw or prescribe medication to relax your facial muscles (and to alleviate pain, anxiety, or inflammation).
Continue to attend follow-up visits at Chestnut Hill Dental so we can monitor the progress of your TMJ therapy. If your treatment is not helping, we may decide to take a different approach to treatment. Once your TMD is fully treated, you should still schedule annual dental exams at our Chestnut Hill, MA facility to keep your jaw and teeth healthy.
Dental insurance coverage for TMJ diagnoses and TMD therapies will vary, so we will contact your carrier to calculate any out-of-pocket costs. Whether you have dental insurance or not, our team will go over cost estimates when reviewing your treatment options. To make our patients' dental treatments affordable, Chestnut Hill Dental accepts many payment methods and may be able to help you find low-interest medical financing.
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Pain in your jaw makes it hard to chew, speak, and enjoy your everyday life. Since there are many possible causes, symptoms, and solutions for TMD, schedule a consultation at our Chestnut Hill, MA facility at your earliest convenience. Our team will perform a thorough examination before diagnosing the problem and discussing treatment options. Contact the team at Chestnut Hill Dental to learn more and to make an appointment.