TMJ Treatment From Your Dentist in Hemet

If you regularly wake up with jaw, ear, and/or neck pain, you may be experiencing temporomandibular joint (TMJ/TMD) issues. The joint that connects your jaw and skull, it’s what enables you to open and close your mouth and move your jaw back, forward and from side to side. When issues develop in the muscles or joints in and around the TMJ/TMD, the result can be incredibly painful. Seeking specialized care such as TMJ and sleep therapy can provide targeted relief, addressing both the root causes and any related sleep disturbances for effective treatment.

What causes TMJ?

An injury to the area or clenching or grinding your teeth can lead to TMJ/TMD, though it can also develop as a result of arthritis or misaligned teeth. People who experience high levels of stress are also known to experience the condition as they often (unconsciously) end up clenching or grinding their teeth. It's worth noting that TMJ symptoms can extend beyond jaw pain; some individuals may also experience discomfort or changes in their tongue sensation as part of TMJ-related issues. If you're noticing TMJ tongue symptoms such as pain, swelling, or a tingling sensation in your tongue, it’s important to seek professional evaluation.

How should TMJ/TMD be treated?

While many TMJ/TMD disorders may rectify with a variety of at-home relaxation, stretching, massage, and/or dietary approaches, more serious conditions may require one or more of the following treatment approaches:

  • Medication to relieve pain
  • Braces to rectify bite issues
  • Botox injections for pain relief
  • A nightguard to eradicate teeth grinding or clenching
  • Surgery to correct severe cases
  • A physiotherapist referral

This specialized program combines advanced diagnostics and customized treatment plans to effectively address both TMJ disorders and related sleep issues. By focusing on a holistic approach that considers both dental and sleep health, we aim to improve your overall well-being and restore the quality of life you deserve.

If I require a TMJ/TMD nightguard, what’s involved with having one created?

Following an examination of your teeth, gums, and jaw, should you require an oral appliance to prevent grinding or clenching, we’ll take a mold of your mouth and have a professional custom-fitted nightguard created to protect your upper and lower teeth while you sleep. Additionally, if you are experiencing TMJ symptoms such as pain or discomfort around your jaw and tongue, our specialized treatments can help alleviate these issues. For effective management of these conditions, consider visiting our pain and sleep therapy center. Here, we integrate various therapeutic techniques aimed at reducing pain and enhancing sleep quality. If you're particularly suffering from TMJ and tongue pain, our center offers targeted therapies that focus on relieving pressure and discomfort in the jaw and oral structures. Our goal is to not only ease your immediate symptoms but also to address the underlying causes of your condition for long-term relief.

Have additional questions about this condition and how a dental appliance might benefit you? Call us today! At David May DDS, our TMJ and sleep therapy center is equipped with the latest technologies and treatments to address your concerns.

Call Our Team About TMJ Treatment Today

  • Eradicate pain in your jaw, ears, and neck
  • Wake up without headaches and/or pressure behind your eyes
  • Prevent teeth grinding and clenching while you sleep
  • Protect your teeth from short- and long-term damage with an orthotic device
  • Prioritize your teeth and gums health while treating TMJ/TMD symptoms!

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