TMJ disorder

TMJ Treatment

An imbalanced bite can trigger a range of problems as the jaw joints overcompensate in order to achieve a balanced resting position.

TMJ disorder treatment by a dentist can achieve the balance needed to stop inflammation, facial pain, headaches, and other symptoms.

What can TMJ treatment do for you?

TMJ disorder

How TMJ Treatment Can Help

Relief

Treatment can eradicate symptoms such as pain in and around the joint, clicking when opening and closing your mouth, a locked jaw, and headaches.

Long-Term Benefits

By realigning the jaw, your dentist can prevent long-term harm, such as worn teeth, increased vulnerability to tooth decay, and serious joint damage. It can also help you avoid the need for costly treatment of these conditions.

A Better Quality of Life

In the long run, TMJ treatment can improve your quality of life by relieving persistent and often debilitating symptoms that can compromise your mood and general wellbeing. 

When in Doubt, Have It Checked Out

Unlike a toothache, the symptoms of TMJ disorder are often easy to dismiss as stress. In fact, stress is sometimes a major contributing factor. However, because pain and other symptoms are not always persistent, it might be tempting to delay making an appointment even if you think you are experiencing TMJ disorder. However, the longer you wait, the more damage the condition can cause. As with any health issue, the sooner it is addressed, the better.

Consultation and Diagnosis

During the initial consultation, your doctor will evaluate your case by asking about your symptoms, reviewing your medical history, and examining your bite. Often, the examination will involve x-rays that will allow your dentist to analyze the way in which your jaws meet. A cone beam scanner can help analyze the jaw joints themselves. If it is determined that malocclusion or other conditions are misaligning your bite in a way that strains the jaw joints, your dentist can recommend a number of treatment options. Otherwise, it may be necessary to refer you to a specialist.

TMJ Disorder Can Be Relieved Through:

Stress Management

Stress management can reduce teeth clenching and grinding during the day or night.

Custom Mouthguards

Custom mouthguards can prevent you from damaging your teeth while grinding during sleep.

Orthodontics

Orthodontics can align the jaws and allow the teeth to meet properly.

Prosthodontics

Prosthodontics such as dental crowns can restore a balanced bite.

Reshaping Teeth

Reshaping certain teeth can achieve a balanced bite and relieve tension in the TMJs.

BOTOX® Medical

BOTOX® Medical injections can relax strained jaw muscles.

Surgery

In serious cases and only as a last resor, surgery can repair the joints.

Relieve Pain and Protect Your Oral Health

TMJ disorder can take a considerable toll on your quality of life by causing severe ongoing discomfort. Those suffering from TMJ disorder often do not realize that a dentist can provide significant relief through treatment that helps your jaws meet properly. If you are experiencing facial pain, headaches, unexplained tingling in your extremities, or general jaw pain, book a dental exam today.

Dr. Wolbaum with a patient

Pioneer Hills Dental

Pioneer Hills Dental is a comprehensive practice where patients of all ages can receive advanced dentistry in a state-of-the-art setting. Our dentist, Dr. Terrance Wolbaum, is an active member of many prestigious dental organizations, including: 

  • American Dental Association
  • Colorado Dental Association
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Metropolitan Denver Dental Society
  • New Dentist Committee
  • Misch Fellowship

To make dentistry more affordable for families, Dr. Wolbaum proudly accepts most dental insurances and financing through CareCredit®. To book your appointment, request a consultation online or call our practice at (303) 766-8811.

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