TMD and TMJ

Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD/TMJ) can wreak havoc on some patient’s lives. The jaw pain, joint discomfort, teeth grinding and recurring headaches can make functioning in everyday life difficult. At Schön Dental in Springfield, IL, our dentists offer patients who suffer from this and similar conditions a variety of effective TMD/TMJ treatment options.

Schön Dental is dedicated to helping TMD/TMJ patients release muscle tension, alleviate jaw pain and control additional TMJ symptoms, so they can regain a better quality of life. Here are a few standard methods of treating TMD/TMJ.

Botox

Botox has become a common course of treatment to help manage TMD/TMJ symptoms. When directly injected into tense facial muscles the paralytic toxin may relieve pain in the jaw. The popular injections are also effective at lessening the intensity or eliminating headaches caused by bruxism (the scientific term for teeth grinding). Botox has proven to be a successful treatment of lock jaw for patients with chronic stress symptoms.

Mouth Guards

Custom-made oral appliance therapy with nightguards can resolve pain by stabilizing top or bottom teeth to prevent clenching or overnight grinding. Patients who wear some sort of mouth guard typically experience fewer headaches and less joint pain, because there is a lot less tightness and tension in the jaw. Discomfort caused by teeth sensitivity is also reduced because orthodontics prevent harmful grinding.

Bite Corrections

Sometimes, the root cause of a patient’s TMD/TMJ symptoms is a bite issue or tooth misalignment. Fortunately, our Springfield, IL office has effective treatments for TMJ patients with bite problems. We have found that in these cases, the solution is often to correct the alignment problem with orthodontics. Dental splints can be worn to correct teeth misalignment and bite problems. If mouth function is impaired or the patient has teeth sensitivity, tooth overlays or dental crowns are an option.

Every patient is unique. Our TMJ dentists in Springfield, IL will happy to assess your symptoms and your overall oral health to determine, if necessary, which TMD/TMJ treatment is right for you.