Therapy for an Aching TMJ in Silverlake
Headaches, earaches, and pain when opening your mouth are just a few of the symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, or TMJ/TMD. Dr. Michael Michel’s extensive training and experience in diagnosing and treating TMJ problems makes him uniquely qualified to deliver relief and restore healthy function to your jaw. At Michel Dental, we offer non-surgical TMJ therapies to help you eat, speak, and live free from jaw pain -- keep reading to find out more!
Why Does TMJ/TMD Occur?
Smooth, comfortable jaw motion depends on the optimal function of the two small joints that reside in front of your ears, or the temporomandibular joints. But when stress, a misaligned bite, facial trauma, or other factors impact the TMJ, pain and pressure occur as a result.
Warning Signs of TMJ/TMD
People who have TMJ/TMD frequently deal with chronic pain or limited function of the jaw. You may experience a clicking, popping jaw, migraine headaches, ear or neck pain, tingling in the fingers and hands, and other symptoms that range in severity from mild to debilitating. Your partner may also observe you grinding your teeth at night.
Do not hesitate to seek treatment for TMJ/TMD. Left ignored, the related teeth grinding and jaw clenching can severely wear down the tooth enamel. Headaches, migraines, and other chronic pain issues will only worsen without the proper treatment.
How Does a Dentist Treat TMJ/TMD?
When you come into Michel Dental for a TMJ consultation, Dr. Michel will evaluate your chewing system to pinpoint the source of your discomfort. Our office is equipped with the latest technology to determine optimal jaw alignment and assess whether or not jaw joint damage has occurred. Based on our findings, we will put together a plan suited just for your smile.
Many patients find relief from TMJ dysfunction with oral appliance therapy. Your dentist prescribes a comfortable, custom-fitted mouthguard for you to wear while you sleep. The mouthguard prevents jaw clenching and teeth grinding to ease strained jaw muscles. If misaligned teeth are causing your jaw pain, your dentist may recommend orthodontic treatment or adjustments to the tooth enamel to bring the bite into proper alignment.
Natural Solutions to Jaw Pain
In addition to seeking professional treatment for your jaw pain, you may want to try making some lifestyle changes to reduce the incidence of stress-related teeth grinding and jaw clenching that put pressure on the TMJ. Adopting vigorous exercise, visiting a talk therapist, or cutting back on alcohol and tobacco can all help. Making a conscious effort to unclench your jaw during the day can help to stop the habit at night, and applying a warm compress to the jaw joint right before bed can help to relax it and prevent unconscious teeth grinding.
Seek Therapy for Your Aching TMJ In Topeka
Your smile is unique, and we will customize a TMJ treatment plan specifically for your situation. When your TMJ joints work properly, you will feel better, look better, and experience the comfortable function you deserve! Contact either our Silver Lake or Topeka location today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michel today.