TMJ Treatment in Satellite Beach
Managing Stress to Help Your Jaw Rest
Temporomandibular joint disorder, sometimes referred to as TMJ disorder or simply TMD, occurs when the small triangular joints connecting the jaw to the skull are strained or otherwise damaged. In many cases, patients are unaware they are suffering from TMD, believing they simply have a sore jaw, headache, or neck pain. When properly working, the joints allow the bones to glide easily without stress or strain. Physical, emotional, or psychological strain have all been indicated as possible causes of TMD, which impedes the fluid motion of the jaw, making speaking, chewing, and swallowing difficult.
During maintenance visits at Dr. Merrill A. Grant’s Satellite Beach, FL dental practice, we screen for signs of TMJ disorder, including:
- A bite that does not fit together properly, causing the TMJ to be worked excessively.
- A jaw that is limited in motion with no other discernible cause.
- Consistent pain in the jaw, ear, neck, or head.
- Grinding or clicking sounds when the jaw moves.
Our team follows the neuromuscular dentistry treatment philosophy. Neuromuscular dentistry involves the evaluation of how patients’ bites fit together, how jaw muscles and joints move, and how bones fit together. If we notice any areas for concern or if patients report experiencing jaw pain or discomfort, we complete additional evaluations to determine whether patients are suffering from TMD. If we determine this is the case, we begin treatment, which may include:
- Fitting for a day or nighttime bite appliance that relieves strain on the TMJ.
- Pain relieving medications and alternating warm, moist compresses with ice or cold compresses.
- Minor changes in posture and sleep positions that allow the jaw to rest in a more comfortable way.
- Stress relief measures.
- Physical therapy or light massage to improve circulation and relieve muscles.
If you experience any of these concerns, contact our knowledgeable team to find out more about TMJ dysfunction, neuromuscular dentistry, and the full range of dental services available from our trusted dentist and team. We welcome patients from Melbourne and other nearby communities to visit our Satellite Beach practice.