Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ or TMD) refers to abnormalities of the TMJ joint. This is a moving joint that allows for chewing and speaking. It also connects your jaw to your skull.
When this joint doesn’t function properly, it can mean a clicking sound when chewing, headaches, jaw pain, swelling, shoulder, ear and neck aches. If left untreated, symptoms can escalate and even make opening your mouth too difficult or painful.
Your dentist in Fort Collins provides TMJ treatment to alleviate these symptoms so you can sleep better at night and wakeup without the pain.
TMJ can result from a misaligned jaw, injury, bruxism (grinding and clenching your teeth), and more. In early TMJ, symptoms may not be noticeable, but your dentist can look for the signs through jaw assessment and quality x-rays. And we always prefer to treat your symptoms early to prevent pain and worsening of the condition.
If bruxism is the culprit, we can often treat TMJ and bruxism with similar or identical therapies. And treatment for bruxism is crucial because it can promote tooth damage and loss.
Treatment for TMJ in Fort Collins
Depending on your dentist’s findings, your treatment may include specific exercises to strengthen or retrain the jaw. We also offer an occlusal splint (mouthguard). This therapeutic appliance fits over your upper teeth—similar to a mouthguard that you might wear when playing sports.
We create this occlusal splint after taking careful impressions of your teeth. This appliance gently separates your upper and lower jaws as you sleep, which prevents grinding and clenching while helping your jaw relax; it is also designed to help correct your TMJ.
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We want you to have a comfortable and functional smile, which is why we offer treatment for bruxism and TMJ.
We see patients in Fort Collins, Timnath, Windsor, Greeley, Severance, and all surrounding communities. Call us to schedule an appointment!