Reclaim Your Oral Health With TMJ Treatment

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) affects millions worldwide, causing pain, discomfort, and limited jaw movement. Fortunately, at Haggerty Dental in Plymouth, MI, we offer various treatment options to alleviate TMJ symptoms and restore comfort and function to affected individuals.

What is TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint, responsible for connecting your jawbone to your skull, can become inflamed or damaged, leading to a range of symptoms, including jaw pain, clicking or popping noises, headaches, and difficulty chewing or opening the mouth fully.

How is TMJ treated?

One common treatment is lifestyle changes and self-care techniques. This includes practicing relaxation techniques to reduce stress, avoiding hard or chewy foods, and implementing jaw exercises to strengthen muscles.

Dental treatments such as splints or mouthguards may be recommended for those needing additional relief. These devices help to stabilize the jaw and prevent clenching or grinding, which can exacerbate TMJ symptoms. Physical therapy is another effective option, involving exercises and stretches to improve jaw mobility and reduce pain.

In more severe cases, medical interventions like injections or medications may be necessary to manage pain and inflammation. For instance, corticosteroid injections can provide targeted relief, while muscle relaxants can help alleviate muscle tension contributing to TMJ discomfort.

In some instances, surgical intervention may be considered, though this is typically reserved for cases where conservative treatments have proven ineffective. Depending on the patient's specific needs, surgical options may include arthrocentesis, arthroscopy, or open-joint surgery.

What are the benefits of treatment?

By addressing underlying issues and improving jaw function, individuals can experience enhanced quality of life and regain the ability to perform everyday tasks without discomfort. Moreover, treating TMJ early can prevent further joint deterioration and reduce the likelihood of long-term complications.

If you suffer from TMJ, contact us today to explore your options. Get relief from TMJ symptoms and reclaim control over your oral health and well-being.

Contact Haggerty Dental About TMJ Treatment Today!

  • Alleviate pain and discomfort
  • Prevent further deterioration of the jaw
  • Strengthen and improve jaw movement
  • Prevent clenching and grinding of the teeth
  • Enhance your quality of life!