Pain around the mouth, jaw, and face can range from uncomfortable to debilitating. Often referred to as “TMJ,” temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, or TMD, this painful condition is associated with dysfunction of the jaw joints. In many cases, side effects include painful headaches and migraines, the inability to open and close the jaw properly, a limited range of jaw motion, popping and clicking within the TM joint, and/or stiffness and soreness through the face, jaw, neck, and shoulders. With anterior and neuromuscular training, we understand how the complex relationships of your joints, oral function, and underlying risk factors can impact your level of comfort day after day and are equipped to provide custom, non-surgical TMJ treatment of your condition or management of symptoms at any of our North Canton, Cuyahoga Falls, or Hudson, OH, offices.
The first step in TMJ treatment is to determine the underlying cause of pain and discomfort. In many cases, jaw pain is triggered by a stressful lifestyle or injury, such as an automobile accident. Other factors may be due to how the teeth and bite fit together, specifically if missing or broken teeth have altered the way your upper and lower teeth function together. This malocclusion can result in teeth grinding and clenching, gradually straining and damaging internal joint structures, leading to painful and often chronic symptoms. TMD treatment that pinpoints the root cause of your pain and discomfort can provide lasting results and better management of TMJ symptoms.
TMJ treatment is almost as far-reaching as the possible causes of TMJ disorder itself. Fortunately, in most situations, TMD can be managed through non-surgical treatment approaches. Depending on your specific situation, we may recommend a splint to reduce strain to the teeth, physical therapy, muscle relaxing injectables, orthodontics, or even full mouth rehabilitation . In every comprehensive new patient consultation, we include an assessment of your TMD, along with 3D x-rays, discussion, and diagnosis. Our TMJ treatment includes the use of technologies like the Kois Deprogrammer Appliance to evaluate the bite’s stability, the position of the TM joint, and help us diagnose the cause of your jaw pain. We may also provide occlusal adjustments, additive or reductive reshaping of the surface of teeth to harmonize the TM and tooth position. With these non-surgical and custom treatments, you might be surprised at just how easily and quickly we can help you to eliminate your jaw or facial pain!