End Jaw Pain With TMJ Treatment in Beverly, MA
Our Beverly, MA dentists can help you with far more than your teeth. If you have a chronic jaw ache, it may be caused by a problem with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). If it is, you can get TMJ treatment from us. Our dentists will fit you for a customized mouthguard that will relieve pressure on your jaw.Doctor Sukhpreet Heer on TMJ Read Transcript
Sometimes we get patients coming in with some tension in the head and neck area, and they don’t know what’s been causing it. One of the first things we do, if we see any wear on their teeth, is get them a mirror so we can see exactly what we see to make sure that we are getting down to the underlying cause of their issues. A lot of times, it is because they have some degree of bruxism, or grinding of the teeth or clenching. That leads to a lot of soreness in the neck and jaw area.
One of the ways we correct this in the least invasive treatment possible is by recommending occlusal guards. That’s something that the patient wears at nighttime to protect their teeth from further wear and also protect their joint from further damage. This also means that they’re going to have a much more comfortable experience in the morning when they wake up because they’re not going to be waking up with soreness in their jaw or headaches, leading to a much better day.
A mouthguard will:
- Relieve your jaw and facial pain
- Allow you to enjoy normal function again
- Stop you from grinding your teeth, which can not only contribute to TMJ problems but can also damage your teeth
To find out how we can relieve your TMJ pain, call Martins Dental Partners at (978) 288-1946.
Start With Conservative Treatment for TMJ Pain
Though some dentists will recommend orthodontic or even surgical treatment for TMJ pain, we believe starting with the most conservative options is best. In addition to providing you with a custom mouthguard, we can use a safe facial relaxant to relieve pressure on your TMJ and surrounding muscles. This method of treatment is often effective and doesn’t require making any permanent changes to your jaw. It’s more affordable than more complicated treatments too.
Find Out If You Suffer From TMJ Symptoms
How do you know if you have a TMJ disorder, or TMD? See our dentists right away if you are experiencing these TMJ symptoms:
- A locked jaw that makes it tough to open or close your mouth
- A painful jaw
- Chronic headaches
- A grating sensation when you chew
- Difficulty and/or pain when chewing
- Persistent earaches
We’ll also look for signs of teeth grinding and jaw problems during your regular dental exams. In addition to grinding, other conditions that can cause TMJ trouble include arthritis, a jaw injury, and certain connective tissue diseases.
Interested in TMJ treatment? Call (978) 288-1946. Our office is conveniently located in the Cabot Street neighborhood of Beverly, MA, near Odd Fellows’ Hall, Independence Park, and Lyons Park.