You probably don’t associate nagging jaw pain with your teeth, but the two may be connected. If you clench or grind your teeth, it puts pressure on the joints that connect your jaw to your skull. This can result in a painful condition called TMJ disorder. Misaligned teeth or other bite problems can contribute to the problem too. Fortunately, we can relieve your pain with TMJ treatment in Searcy.Doctor Joseph Barker on TMJ Disorder Treatment Read Transcript
A couple of ways that we deal with TMJ pain or chronic jaw pain in our office. One, we do see those patients and we'd love to see them, but I do limited TMJ therapy. Everything I do is removable. That way it doesn't alter someone's bite. It doesn't alter someone's jaw. All we're trying to do is get them some relief. Most TMJ pain is caused by stress and their clenching of the muscles. So what we're able to do is relieve some of that stress on the muscles with some of our appliances that we make in-office in our lab. So that way we can, if someone comes in in pain, we can turn that appliance around in a couple of days versus two or three weeks. So we're able to get our patients out of pain a lot faster with our TMJ appliances. But if we can't finish or eliminate their pain with our TMJ appliances that we make here, then we have specialists that we can refer our patients to. We do have a team outside our office that can help with the TMJ pain and really make a difference to get those patients feeling better.
- Uses a custom-made mouthguard to relieve pressure on your jaw so it can heal
- Protects your teeth from damage caused by grinding, a habit often found in those who suffer from TMJ disorders
- Alleviates painful TMJ symptoms like facial swelling and ear pain
- Helps you get a better night’s sleep
- Stops pain from spreading from your jaw to your neck, shoulders, and elsewhere
Relieve Pressure on Your Jaw With a Custom Mouthguard
No two TMJ disorders are the same. Numerous factors, including arthritis and jaw injuries, have been connected to the painful condition. Yet many who experience TMJ pain also grind or clench their teeth. Since it often happens in their sleep, many people may not even realize they have these habits. In addition to causing jaw pain, a grinding habit can damage your smile to the point where it requires a restorative dentistry procedure for repair.
A custom-made mouthguard prevents you from grinding and clenching. This gives your inflamed joints a chance to heal, so your jaw no longer aches. It also protects your teeth from damage caused by excessive wear. If a mouthguard doesn’t help, Dr. Barker can refer you to a specialist.
Don’t Suffer From TMJ Symptoms
In addition to jaw pain, those with TMJ disorders may also suffer from:
- Facial tenderness and swelling, especially near the jaw
- Earaches with no obvious cause
- Frequent headaches
- Pain and tension in the neck and shoulders
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, you may need TMJ treatment in Searcy. Call us at 501-299-9117 for an appointment.