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.
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.
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:
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.
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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