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TMJ Treatment Sudbury, MA

TMJ TherapyAn Overview

Do you experience daily morning headaches? Do you suffer from chronic facial pain in the jaw, back or neck?

For many patients, regularly occurring headaches and persistent jaw pain are symptoms of complex bite disorder known as TMD. TMD affects the health and function of the temporomandibular joint (jaw joint). Patients with TMD often have an underlying misalignment of the jaw.

Patient with TMD may experience:

  • Daily headaches
  • Jaw pain
  • Earaches
  • Facial, neck or upper back pain
  • Popping or clicking of the jaw
  • Sensitive teeth

Dr. Kerri Bourgeouis and our dental associates help patients diagnosis and treat the underlying cause of TMJ disorders. We address the functional misalignment as well as the dental concerns caused by prolonged bite issues.

What causes TMJ?

TMJ can be difficult to diagnose and treat. There is no one cause of the painful disorder. A well-trained dentist can often pinpoint the underlying cause so that patients can find relief. Common causes of TMJ pain include:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Past trauma to the head, neck, or face or jaw joint
  • Malocclusion (misalignment of the jaw)
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)

How do I know if I have TMD?

For many patients, the symptoms of TMJ lead them and their doctors to believe they have other medical issues. Patients can go many years without finding relief from their painful symptoms. Common symptoms of TMJ include:

  • Headaches, especially right after waking up
  • Shoulder, neck, facial pain
  • Clicking or popping when opening or closing jaw
  • Locked jaw or limited mobility in the jaw joint
  • Teeth clenching, teeth grinding, often accompanied by tooth wear
  • Chronic earaches

TMJ Therapy What to Expect

Once properly diagnosed, treatment for TMJ will vary depending on your dentists’ findings. Dr. Bourgeois will tailor your TMD treatment to address the underlying functional concerns allow the jaw to relax and heal.

A common treatment option for TMJ is a custom-designed oral sleep appliance. The oral appliance is fabricated to fit comfortably into your bite with the goal of realigning your bite during sleep. This allows the jaw to properly function and prevents potential grinding of the teeth while you sleep.

Botox for Headaches

Dr. B is a certified Botox dentist through the American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE). Dr. B uses Botox as a therapeutic treatment option to release muscle tension related to migraines and headaches as well as bruxism and teeth grinding.

Botox for headaches is injected deep into the facial muscles. The Botox releases tension relieving painful symptoms often experienced by patients with TMJ. For many patients, Botox for TMJ is used in combination with oral splint therapy and other treatments.

Dr. Bourgeois also offers cosmetic and restorative procedures to repair damaged teeth as a result of TMJ dysfunction. Teeth may be corrected with dental bonding, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, or other types of dental restorations.

Why choose Sudbury Dental Arts?

Dr. Bourgeois