TMJ Disorder

Common side effects include sore facial muscles and jaw, aching neck, clicking jaw, and headaches.
Our specialists can quickly ascertain whether you may be suffering from TMJ disorder and suggest a treatment plan to ease your symptoms and protect your teeth from damaging grinding.

Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group: 50 Staniford St, 5th Fl Boston, MA 02114

During a consultation, our certified prosthodontists may suggest a mouth guard or other targeted treatment to address symptoms of TMJ disorder.

The temporomandibular joint acts like a sliding hinge, joining your jawbone and your skull. TMJ disorder (sometimes called TMD) is characterized by inflammation of the tissues that make up these joints. This can be due to an imbalanced bite, arthritis, an injury, or other causes. Boston Prosthodontics is here to help if you are suffering with symptoms of this condition.

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder can have adverse effects on your well-being and quality of life, resulting in headaches, tension, and uncomfortable side effects. Before considering surgical options, Drs. Kenneth A. Malament and Hans-Peter Weber will recommend conservative, non-invasive therapy for your TMJ disorder.

Custom mouth guards for TMJ can help alleviate the symptoms of your joint disorder and help you enjoy your daily life once again. Our office in Boston, MA, emphasizes restorative therapy and our doctors are committed to helping patients achieve a healthy smile for life.

How Do I Know If I Have TMJ Disorder?

Jaw Issues

Erosion or misalignment of the articular disk (tissue serving as a buffer between the uppermost part of the jawbone and the skull) in the jaw joints is one of the most common causes of TMJ. This deterioration can result in significant pain.

Head and Face Sensitivity

TMJ often causes recurring migraine headaches. The disorder can also cause unexplained facial pain and tenderness around the mouth, jaw, and chin.

Teeth and Gums

Pain in the teeth and gums usually occurs in the most prominent area worn due to chronic teeth grinding (bruxism) resulting from a misaligned bite. This can also occur if you frequently clench your teeth due to stress.

Neck and Shoulder Strain

Strained temporomandibular joints can cause tension that extends to the muscles of the neck and shoulders. This discomfort can also affect posture, resulting in further pain.

TMJ Treatments

The first step in successfully treating TMJ is to find the underlying cause. Boston Prosthodontics uses sophisticated, state-of-the-art technology to assess your teeth and jaws for precise diagnosis and treatment. If we believe an imbalanced bite is the cause, we offer several methods of treating TMJ:

  • Splint or Mouth Guard:

    The most common corrective treatment for TMJ is a specially designed mouthguard that balances your bite. The device acts as a splint to keep your teeth apart and prevent clenching and grinding. The guard can reduce pain and discomfort as it relieves pressure and strain on your temporomandibular joints. It is usually worn overnight.

  • Restorative Dentistry
    Patients whose TMJ symptoms include bruxism might find the condition has caused their teeth to become damaged or worn. The dentist may recommend custom crowns, bridges, or other dental procedures to not only repair these teeth, but also achieve proper balance between the top and bottom dental arches. We provide high-quality restorations that fit properly and look entirely natural.
  • Orthodontics
    Some patients may require orthodontics to correct significant jaw alignment issues. We offer Invisalign®, a discreet and simplified orthodontic solution that many adults find to be an excellent fit for their lifestyles.

In addition you can alleviate symptoms with a few lifestyle stages.

Jaw Relaxation Techniques – We can recommend a number of stretches and massages to help reduce the amount of tension in your temporomandibular joints. Apply hot or cold compresses as directed to relax jaw muscles.

Stress Management – TMJ disorders can flare up during stressful times, so it is important to recognize your anxiety and find ways to manage stress levels. Practicing yoga or meditation can help relieve tension.

Avoid Overuse – You can minimize TMJ strain by eating smaller bites, choosing softer food, and staying away from sticky and chewy foods.

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