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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 a complex bite disorder known as TMD. TMD affects the health and function of the temporomandibular joints (jaw joints that connect the jawbone to the skull). Patients with TMD often have an underlying misalignment in their jaw. Purposefully making your jaw pop can further worsen symptoms of this disorder.

Patient with TMD may experience:

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

Our dental care team in Sudbury can diagnose and treat the underlying cause of TMJ disorders. We address the functional misalignment, as well as the dental concerns caused by prolonged bite issues. Sometimes patients experience significant tooth wear as a result. We do our utmost diligence to diagnose and correct any effects that TMJ disorders leave behind.

The Causes of 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)

TMD Symptoms

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. Your dentist in Sudbury, MA 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.

We also offer 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.

TMJ Therapy FAQs

What happens if TMJ is left untreated?

While TMJ is not a life-threatening condition, it should not be ignored because of the negative effects it can have on your life. TMJ pain is hard to live with and will worsen over time. This pain can make it difficult to eat which will affect your overall health. Your quality of sleep may suffer as well. Not to mention, chronic pain can lead to depression and cause anxiety. Addressing your TMJ disorder will help your overall well-being.

Is it safe to use Botox for my TMJ headaches?

Botox is considered safe and is well-tolerated for most people. If injected by a dentist that has been properly trained, it is very safe. This popular facial filler has been used by dentists for many years either as finishing touches on their patients smile or to help relax the jaw to ease TMJ pain. Dr. B is a certified Botox dentist through the American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE) and can safely administer Botox as a therapeutic treatment to relax your jaw muscles.

What else can I do to relieve my TMJ pain?

While Botox is a successful treatment to relax your jaw muscles, there are other things you can do help relieve some the pain caused by tension in your jaw. Some other things you should try include: easting softer food, avoid constant chewing such as gum or biting your nails, try to keep your teeth apart when not eating, try to maintain good posture, and practicing any type of relaxation method such as yoga or meditation. These are a few natural ways to try to help manage your overall stress and relieve tension in your jaw.