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TMJ treatment is necessary for anyone dealing with disorders of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). TMJ disorder affects the muscles and joints of the jaw. Due to the intricacy of the joint diagnosis and treatment can be challenging. How do you know if you have a TMJ disorder? If you experience the following symptoms, such as, discomfort around the jaw and neck, migraine headaches, a clicking or popping sound when opening or closing your mouth, and difficulty moving the jaw.

If you suffer from TMJ disorder and the related symptoms, then give Neuvo Wellness a call today at 801-252-4813. As TMJ non-surgical specialists, we can help patients find lasting relief from their symptoms and continue leading a healthy lifestyle.

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Overview of the TMJ

The temporomandibular joint is directly in front of your ears and is a hinge that enables the jaw movement for talking, chewing, etc. The joint holds the mandible (lower jaw) and the temporal bone (on the side of the skull) together. The TMJ allows forward and sideways movement of the jaw and is one of the most complex joints in the body. If there are issues or pain in the TMJ, it is essential to seek treatment from a TMJ specialist, instead of general medical care.

TMJ disorders can present many different symptoms, which cause varying levels of pain. Since the disorder has many different causes, there are various forms of treatment available. Diagnosis is often based on a number of symptoms including limited jaw movement and recurring pain around the jaw. Even though many cases of acute TMJ issues resolve, others become chronically painful are a best treated with an experienced TMJ specialist.

The Need for Professional Treatment

If a patient is diagnosed with TMJ disorder, we may recommend a custom designed oral appliance to ease the discomfort. Although generic devices are available for sale online or over-the-counter, patients need to be cautious of these options.

These over-the-counter devices are not custom made or professionally fitted and are produced based on the notion that one size fits all. Everyone has a unique bite, oral features, and jaw size/placement. It is imperative that patients get professionally fitted to prevent future TMJ issues. The appliance is commonly created from soft or rigid acrylic material and fits comfortably inside the mouth. Our expert providers will Customize their treatment to fit your unique set of problems.

TMJ Treatment with Oral Devices

Oral devices are a less invasive and are a standard treatment option for TMJ disorder. Surgery is only considered when other options fail. Most of the time surgery can be avoided with our non-surgical methods. We effectively treat TMJ disorder with our proprietary techniques which include the use of TMJ devices.

TMJ devices are correctly known as mouth splints or orthotics. These oral devices keep the jaw in the proper position, thus reducing pressure on the jaw. They work by preventing teeth grinding and clenching, preventing the jaw from locking, and helping the muscles of the face and jaw relax. This prevention alleviates the muscle spasms and pain.

To successfully relieve symptoms of TMJ disorder, a CUSTOM and PRECISE fit is essential. Once you have received your TMJ, you are encouraged to return for regular office visits for the doctors to give you the best chance to resolve your problems. An improper fitting appliance can result in more damage and pain by aggravating the underlying cause of the condition.

The Treatment Process for TMJ Disorder

If a patient needs TMJ treatment the dentist will select the oral device which will solve their particular problem. A comprehensive examination and specialized testing will be completed to identify the source of problem. You will be given a customized treatment plan which may include an oral appliance along with recommendations for exercises, supplements if needed, and other expert advice and therapy to relieve your symptoms permanently. There are two types of TMJ oral devices:

Stabilization Splints

This type of TMJ device is also called Occlusal Splints. This appliance is suitable when teeth grinding or clenching is an issue.

With the splint, the oral appliance covers the upper and lower jaw. The material can be hard or soft, depending on the manufacturer. Stabilization Splints prevent teeth grinding, reducing the stress on the TMJ muscles. They also alleviate facial pain that might result from excessive use of jaw muscles. Every night, the patient will wear the splint and remove it after waking up.

Repositioning Splints

A misaligned jaw is sometimes the cause of TMJ disorder. In this case, a Repositioning Splint is a good option. This type of splint moves the jaw forward. Gradually, it will alleviate pain and stop the popping and clicking sounds. After wearing the splint, it will pull the lower jaw forward. At first, it might be necessary to wear the splint for 24 hours daily, but this will change when the jaw pain stops. The dentist will develop a long-term plan for the patient, which might entail wearing the splint for a few hours daily.

If the splint causes or aggravates the pain, patients must stop using the device immediately and contact the dentist. According to the NIDCR, when using TMJ devices for treatment, its usage is restricted and monitored so that they do not cause permanent changes to the bite.

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TMJ treatment with devices is mostly based on the nature of the condition and the symptoms. If you constantly suffer from jaw pain, headaches, and other symptoms of TMJ disorder, you need to visit the dentist for a diagnosis. Our TMJ specialists will perform the necessary evaluation and recommend the best treatment option.

Neuvo Wellness is located at
812 S. State St.
Orem, UT
84097

(801) 252-4813

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes TMJ disorder?

The precise cause of the condition is hard to determine. Factors that contribute to the condition include injury, an improper bite, arthritis, and severe stress. Teeth clenching or grinding (bruxism) can also aggravate the condition. Treatment depends on accurate diagnosis by the dentist.

Can untreated TMJ disorder affect overall health?

Excessive strain on the TMJ and surrounding muscles can cause debilitating discomfort. Facial, jaw, and neck pain can affect the quality of life and can affect eating significantly; untreated TMJ disorder can cause malnutrition. Jaw imbalance can also cause headaches, nausea, and dizziness.

How is TMJ disorder diagnosed?

To confirm a case of TMJ disorder, the dentist may examine the patient for signs of swelling and tenderness around the jaw joints. Patients will need to explain their symptoms. If necessary, they may request an X-ray or CT scan to assess the damage around the bone and joint tissues.

What follow-up care is necessary after TMJ treatment?

TMJ devices are not permanent. After achieving desired results, the dentist will take corrective measures to preserve the stability of the joint and prevent relapse. Patients will need to keep up with routine appointments.

How does one take care of the device?

The device should be removed in the morning and rinsed with warm water only. Heat can damage the splint. Clean the device softly but adequately with a toothbrush. A denture cleaner or a mix of mouthwash and water can be used to remove germs and bacteria.