TMJ

stock-2It is common to feel stress in our fast-moving society. Sometimes, stress shows itself through TMD: temporomandibular joint disorder.

Temporomandibular joint disorder occurs when the hinge attaching the jaw to the rest of the skull becomes affected or overworked. There are many different causes and symptoms of TMJ disorder.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

Some of the symptoms of TMD include:

  • Limited movement of the jaw
  • Popping or clicking of the jaw
  • Pain in the jaw
  • Pain in the neck or shoulders
  • Lockjaw
  • Tired or sore jaw muscles
  • Muscle spasms
  • Headaches and migraines

If you think you may be suffering from TMD, it is important to seek out proper diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Cummins has the technology and experience it takes to relieve TMJ disorder.

Treatment for TMJ Disorder

87When you visit Dr. Cummins, she will talk through your TMJ symptoms with you. She will educate you about the possible causes and treatments for your TMJ disorder.

Each form of TMD is unique and requires special treatment. Dr. Cummins commonly provides botox or appliance therapy to her patients.

Botox injections allow the muscles surrounding the TMJ to fully relax. When the muscles are constantly tense, pain can erupt in the head, jaw, neck, or shoulders. Once the muscles get the rest that they desperately need, the pain will fade and even disappear.

Botox should be redone about every three months. After a few treatments, your muscles may retrain themselves so you no longer need to visit for botox injections.

TMJ appliances are custom-made to fit your mouth. They are worn at night to prevent you from grinding or tensing the muscles of the jaw. TMJ appliances are easy to wear and clean. They are portable and convenient.

Don’t live with the pains of TMD. Come visit us at Camelot Family Dental to find a simple solution. Call us today to schedule your consultation.