TMJ, short for temporomandibular joint, is a joint that connects your lower jawbone to your skull and acts like a sliding hinge. TMJ disorder is a dysfunction of that joint and associated muscles and nerves, which leads to pain and discomfort.
TMJ disorder is caused by:
Excessive gum chewing may also contribute to or cause TMJ disorders.
Mild TMJ symptoms may go away on their own and can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication if needed. Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders that may require treatment include:
You may hear a clicking sound or a grating sensation when you open your mouth, but if there’s no limitation of movement of your jaw you probably don’t need treatment for a TMJ disorder. If it becomes difficult to chew or you experience pain, call A Smiling Heart Dentistry or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment and learn about the available treatment options.
TMJ disorders are commonly treated with medication, bite guards, or physical therapy. At A Smiling Heart Dentistry, the team uses the DNA appliance to widen the upper arch and guide the growth of the jaw into a more desirable position, widen nasal passages, and help the lower arch move into an improved position to relieve the symptoms of TMJ disorder.
The DNA appliance alleviates TMJ symptoms without the need for drugs, surgery, or uncomfortable headgear. It’s a discrete appliance similar to a removable retainer that you wear at night until you achieve the desired results.
In addition to providing relief from the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorder, the DNA appliance has orthodontic benefits that result in improved teeth alignment. It also improves sleep apnea and snoring.
To find out if the DNA appliance can alleviate your TMJ symptoms, call A Smiling Heart Dentistry or use the convenient online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.