TMJ Therapy in Joplin, MO

TMJ is a common dental-related disorder that causes patients to clench their teeth, usually while they are asleep. Regular teeth clenching can put excessive stress on the temporomandibular joint, or the TMJ, which is what connects the jawbone to the skull. If you believe you may have TMJ, we recommend getting in touch with our team. We would be happy to provide you with a treatment plan to protect your teeth, gums, and jaw and relieve your TMJ symptoms quickly!

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What are the symptoms of TMJ?

Common TMJ symptoms include:

  • Jaw, Face, and Ear Pain
  • Jaw Soreness or Stiffness
  • Difficulty Chewing or Pain While Chewing
  • Jaw Clicking or Popping
  • Frequent Headaches
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How is TMJ treated?

TMJ can be treated using a variety of non-invasive measures. Physical therapy exercises and massaging the facial muscles can be helpful for reducing pain and soreness. Reducing stress in any way that you can may be helpful for minimizing the subconscious urge to clench your teeth at night. Our office also creates custom mouthguards for TMJ, which help protect the teeth from damaging each other. Protecting your smile from damage when you have TMJ or bruxism is extremely important, as dental trauma is irreversible.

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Does TMJ go away on its own?

Some patients only experience TMJ symptoms when they are going through a particularly stressful time in their lives. In other cases, patients suffer from TMJ on a regular or semi-regular basis. If you’re someone who frequently wakes up with jaw pain or soreness, we recommend seeking treatment for your TMJ. Our team can also examine your smile for signs of TMJ or bruxism and let you know if a custom oral appliance is the right option for you. Contact our office today to learn more about TMJ therapy and schedule your next visit with our team.

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