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Treatment for TMJ

Do you live with headaches, neck pain, ringing in your ears, or clicking and popping in your jaw? If you answered “yes,” you could suffer from TMJ disorder, a condition that affects an estimated 10 million Americans. With TMJ treatment, one of our neuromuscular dentists may be able to give you the relief you deserve.

The TMJ, or temporomandibular joints, are small joints in front of each ear that attach the lower jaw to the skull. These joints allow you to open and close your mouth, chew, and speak. When the TMJs are out of sync, they cause strain on the associated muscles and nerves. TMJ dysfunction often manifests as pain in the muscles, along with limited jaw movement.

If you suffer from this discomfort, TMJ treatment can help! Our neuromuscular and restorative dentists will find the cause of your pain, then restore your mouth to optimal function. Your dentist will perform a thorough evaluation to make an accurate diagnosis of TMJ dysfunction. At this time, Dr. Coon can recommend the appropriate TMJ treatment. Non-surgical therapy may include an oral appliance, building up back teeth to proper occlusion, strengthening exercises, stress reduction techniques, and hot or cold compresses to control soreness. You will also be advised to stop habits such as gum chewing, nail biting, or nibbling on your pens and pencils.

Grinding and clenching, often associated with TMJ disorder, can cause wear on back teeth. Tooth wear can lead to a misaligned bite, which only intensifies TMJ pain. Learn about restoring back teeth by reading about dental crowns.

Do You Need TMJ Treatment?

If your jaw feels uneven, or if you suffer from chronic TMJ discomfort, then find out if TMJ treatment can help you! Schedule an examination with one of our experts by calling Grinnell Street Dental at (307) 672-7567. Located in Sheridan, WY, we also proudly serve the residents of Gillette, Billings, Miles City, and all surrounding communities.