TMJ disorder can develop if your upper and lower jaws are not in the correct relationship to each other, placing stress on your facial muscles and your jaw joints, called temporomandibular joints. It’s a problem that can cause inflammation and jaw pain, chronic headaches, earache, and you may clench and grind your teeth, an issue called bruxism. Facial pain can spread into your neck and shoulders. If you have noticed jaw or facial pain, we can help you.
Treating TMJ Disorder
Neuromuscular dentistry helps to realign the jaws correctly, reducing the stress on your facial muscles and your joints, which in turn reduces the inflammation and pain. TMJ disorder frequently causes bruxism, so one way we can help you is by providing a custom mouthguard worn during sleep. The device is designed to fit over your teeth, placing your jaw in a more relaxed position and preventing you from clenching and grinding. Another possible treatment is Botox injections. Botox helps facial muscles to relax so your jaw is more able to rest in the correct position. It is a nonsurgical procedure that produces minimal discomfort and Botox is administered using very fine needles. The effects last for several months.