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TMJ Treatment – Jupiter, FL

Find Relief from Persistent Jaw Pain

Woman enjoying a pain-free jaw thanks to TMJ treatment in Jupiter

Do you struggle with persistent jaw pain, difficulty chewing, or a popping sensation in your jaw? It is possible that you are suffering from TMJ disorder, also known as TMJ dysfunction or simply TMD. Fortunately, there are various treatments that can help you find long-lasting relief from your discomfort. Read on below to learn more about this condition and how our talented dentists can help you cope with it. Afterward, get in touch with us to request your consultation for TMJ treatment in Jupiter.

Why Choose Jupiter Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry for TMJ Treatment?

  • Multiple Treatment Types Available
  • BOTOX® Injections for Long-Lasting Pain Relief
  • Friendly & Highly Skilled Team

What Is TMJ Disorder?

Woman touching her TMJ, suffering from symptoms of TMD

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your mandible (lower jaw) to the rest of your skull. It is a complex joint, and it is one of the most heavily used in the body. When it suffers damage, or the tissues around it are overworked, it can begin to ache and cause a range of other symptoms, which collectively contribute to TMJ disorder (TMD).

TMD can have a number of causes, including injury, dental misalignment, a stressful lifestyle, arthritis, and more.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

Woman with facial pain, experiencing symptoms of TMJ disorder

TMD is a complex condition that can cause dozens of symptoms. Here are some of the most common:

  • Persistent pain and tenderness in the jaw
  • The sensation of lockjaw
  • Clicking or popping in the jaw joint
  • Ear pain or ringing in the ears
  • Neck pain
  • Back aches
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Difficulty chewing, particularly when eating tough foods
  • Limited movement of the mouth
  • Noticeable changes in bite

Types of TMJ Treatment

Dentist and patient discussing options for TMJ treatment

There is no “one size fits all” TMJ treatment. When you come in for your consultation, we will strive to determine the cause of your TMD before we recommend your next steps. To that end, we may take some X-Rays, learn about your lifestyle and habits, carefully examine your teeth, and more. Based on what we learn, we may recommend one or more of the following forms of TMJ therapy:

Occlusal Splint

Close-up of patient holding occlusal splint for teeth grinding and TMD

An occlusal splint is a small, custom appliance that prevents teeth grinding at night, which can contribute to problems with the TMJ. It also slightly shifts the jaw’s position in order to help it and the surrounding muscles relax.

Equilibration/Occlusal Adjustment

Handsome patient giving thumbs up for occlusal adjustment treatment

Many patients suffer from TMD because their upper and lower teeth do not work harmoniously together. In some cases, this issue requires orthodontic treatment to correct. In other cases, though, we can simply make slight alterations to the chewing surfaces of teeth or restorations in order to make minor adjustments to your bite.

Treatment with a TENS Machine

Survey question asking if a TENS machine is needed

TENS is an acronym that stands for “transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.” That may sound complicated, but it basically means that electrical currents are used to relax your facial muscles and encourage the release of pain-killing endorphins. Essentially, TENS treatment is like a “self-massage.”

BOTOX® Injections

Relaxed woman receiving BOTOX® injection near her TMJ

BOTOX® is often regarded as a purely cosmetic treatment, but it actually has a number of medical applications. As your dentist in Jupiter, we may recommend it as a way to address your TMD symptoms. When it is precisely injected into the muscles near the TMJ, it can prevent unnecessary movements and help them to relax.

After a series of BOTOX® injections, you can expect to enjoy several months of relief from TMJ pain. Periodic retreatment can allow you to experience long-lasting freedom from your symptoms.