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Renton TMJ/TMD Therapy Fight Jaw Pain

Sore jaw? Chronic headaches? Worn down teeth? These are all common symptoms of a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). This can refer to a variety of issues that deal with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which is the small set of hinges that connects your jaw to your head. This joint can become strained and injured just like any other joint in your body, and when this happens, it can lead to a variety of chronic problems. This is why we will always keep an eye on your TMJ health at SDK Dental Care, and if we find a problem, we can treat it as well.

Diagnosis & Treatment

Two dentists examine x-rays on tabletYour TMJ is what allows your jaw to move fluidly whenever you speak or eat. If you start experiencing pain or stiffness in this joint, please let us know. TMJ issues can stem from a variety of causes such as stress and over-stimulation, and determining the root cause will help us figure out which treatment is right for you. It can even be the source of chronic migraines and earaches, so please let us know if you ever experience them as well.

Equilibration / Occlusal Adjustments

Model of jaw and skull boneA misalignment of the TMJ can sometimes cause the teeth to come together incorrectly, placing a large amount of pressure on very small portions of the enamel. This can cause quite a bit of pain and even lead to the teeth eventually breaking. To fix this, we may perform something called an equilibration/occlusal adjustment. For this, we’ll use an impression of your teeth to find these high pressure spots, and then we’ll gently reshape the enamel so that your teeth come together smoothly and evenly.

Occlusal Splints

Pink oral appliance for TMJ dysfunction sufferersAn occlusal splint is a small, custom-made mouthpiece we can use to help relieve a strained TMJ. It works by simply shifting the jaw into a more relaxed and comfortable position so that the muscles can naturally reorient themselves. It can also provide a protective barrier between the teeth because TMJ problems are often associated with nocturnal teeth grinding, also known as bruxism. Over time, the jaw muscles should eventually remain in this new position on their own.

How to Get Started

Does your jaw frequently feel stiff or sore, or do you suffer from chronic headaches? If so, we can help you with TMJ/TMD therapy, so contact us today for an appointment.