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TMJ (Jaw Alignment)

Treatment Options for TMJ Disorders

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Diagram of the Jaw Joint - TMJ

 

Do you suffer from tenderness in the jaw muscles, limited jaw opening, jaws that get stuck, unexplained facial or head pain, headaches, joint grating or clicking, or excessive snoring? You may be suffering from TMJ Disorders.

TMJ stands for "Temporo-mandibular Joint" and it is literally the joint between the temporal bone (temporo) and the mandible (mandibular) or jaw bone. You can see it circled in red in the diagram to the right. You can also feel it moving when you place your fingers in front of your ears while opening your mouth.

There are two temporomandibular joints, one on each side of your head. They are sliding "ball and socket" joints and depend on proper alignment to work smoothly.





Finding relief from TMJ disorders

Dr. Raisch is very experienced at sorting out TMJ disorders. The first thing he does is a thorough oral examination, medical history, and digital x-rays. There's no simple prescription for these problems and no single cause, so the approach is as individual as you are.

Restoring your jaw's alignment and reducing the pain from TMJ disorders may require several types of treatment to reduce muscle tension, regain a stable bite, or rest and heal your jaw joint. Dr. Raisch is able to provide a variety of treatment options, and get at the solution to most TMJ problems.

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Signs of TMJ disorders

When the temporomandibular joints become misaligned, dislocated or damaged, you may experience any of these symptoms:

Signs of TMJ disorders

  • Clicking, popping or crunching noises when you open or close your jaw.
  • Pain when you fully open your mouth
  • Inability to fully open your mouth
  • Clenching or grinding your teeth
  • Facial pain and sense of facial muscle fatigue
  • Ear pain not related to ear infections
  • Occasional "locking" when your jaw seems to "stick open" temporarily
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Frequent headaches, including migraines
  • Pain in the neck and shoulders
  • Unexplained loose teeth or worn, chipping or cracked teeth
  • Snoring or stopping breathing while sleeping

Possible Treatments for TMJ Include:

Dental Procedures and Gum Treatments

Dental problems are often at the root of TMJ disorders, and your treatment may include replacing lost teeth, addressing overbite or under bite problems, straightening crooked or misaligned teeth, resolving gum problems or correcting poorly fitting dentures. With more than 22 years of experience in treating TMJ patients, Dr. Raisch will do a thorough exam and determine if basic dental procedures or gum treatments are necessary to correct your TMJ disorder.

BOTOX® Treatment for Jaw Tension and TMJ

BOTOX injections have proven to be very effective in relieving pain and soreness associated with TMJ disorders and in reducing problem teeth grinding. For severe sufferers, BOTOX injections allow them to perform daily activities such as talking, chewing, and swallowing. In addition, the treatment can help safeguard dental health, since excessive grinding can result in worn teeth and damaged gums that may require costly treatment.

Dr. Raisch is a certified provider of BOTOX injections, and can use them to help relieve the pain and soreness that you may be experiencing. Make an appointment today, and see if BOTOX is one of your recommended treatment options.