Dental TMJ/TMD Treatment

If you notice pain in your neck, ears, or back, you might be surprised by a potential source of discomfort: a tiny hinge-like joint on either side of your jaws. TMJ disorder is a prevalant general dentistry issue, and Dr. Daniel Adelpour diagnoses and treats TMJ disorder through a conservative, custom-made sleep mouth guard at BLVD Dental Aesthetics on Mid-Wilshire BLVD.

What is TMJ/TMD?

We have two temporomandibular joints on either side of our jaws (TMJs). Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) is an umbrella term to explain a group of more than 30 conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the TMJ. In short, “TMD” describes the disorders, and “TMJ” describes the temporomandibular joint itself.

What is bruxism?

Bruxism is involuntary teeth clenching, typically during sleep or stressful moments. TMD and bruxism sometimes go hand-in-hand.

When TMD causes imbalanced jaw joints, you might be inclined to habitually clench your teeth to offset the pain and stress of TMJ disorder. On the contrary, chronic clenching teeth can lead to an unbalanced jaw and worn-down teeth.

Signs that You Might Need TMJ Disorder Treatment

TMJ disorders could affect everyone and impact over 10 million people in the United States.  While some individuals have a higher predisposition than others to suffer from temporomandibular joint dysfunction, here are some TMJ symptoms to watch out for:

  • Clicking or popping noises when moving your mouth
  • Locking jaw muscles when opening or closing your mouth
  • Soreness in the jaw, face, neck, back, and shoulders
  • Tooth pain
  • Headaches
  • Earaches or tinnitus

TMJ Disorder Treatment Expectations

When Dr. Adelpour conducts a TMJ pain consultation, he will thoroughly analyze your jaws to determine if conservative treatment, like a custom-fit teeth grinding guard, could benefit your wellness and lifestyle.

Like the individuals it affects, TMJ treatment is highly unique to the sufferer. The treatment that Dr. Adelpour recommends will be based on your individualized symptoms and needs. Some common treatments for teeth grinding include:

  • A made-to-order dental night guard: Sometimes known as a splint or a nightguard, a dental night guide is a custom oral appliance that helps inhibit bruxism by supporting the jaw and correctly placing it. A custom oral appliance can decrease your TMJ symptoms.
  • Physical therapy: TMJ exercises can relax jaw muscles and reduce symptoms of TMJ disorder.
  • Prescription medication: The cause of TMJ disorder is different for everyone, but carefully targeted prescription drugs can help some sufferers. For instance, if you are guilty of grinding teeth and jaw clenching because of anxiety, an anti-anxiety medication could help slow down these symptoms.

Don’t Think that There’s Hope for Your Jaw Disorder? Think Again.

If you notice that your jaw pops and locks or are suffering from soreness in the face, neck, and shoulders, then TMJ disorder might be the culprit. Learn more about TMJ disorder and how to treat it when you schedule a bruxism treatment at BLVD Dental Aesthetics. Set up a consultation with the best Beverly Hills dentist, by calling 310-620-8060 or sending us a short message.

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