TMJ Therapy – DuPont, WA

Relieving Jaw Pain for Better Oral Health

Man in need of T M J therapy holding jaw in pain

Are you experiencing severe jaw pain? Does it hurt to open and close your mouth? Do you notice it popping or locking? If you are living with TMJ disorder (also known as TMD), you will be happy to know there is a solution for treating this chronic and often debilitating pain. At Devoted Family Dental, our team of professionals can diagnose and treat this common disorder with TMJ Therapy in DuPont, WA. To find out more about this beneficial and life-changing treatment, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Why Choose DuPont Family Dentistry for TMJ Therapy?

  • Fully Customized Oral Appliances
  • Early and Late Dental Office Hours
  • State-of-the-Art Dental Office

What is TMJ Disorder?

Model of jaw and skull bone used to demonstrate T M J disorder

Each of us has what is known as temporomandibular joints. These exist on either side of your mouth and connect the lower jawbone to your skull. When these joints become inflamed due to certain causes such as facial trauma or bruxism, you will begin to notice that it is much more difficult to chew, eat, speak, smile, or even yawn. What might begin as a minor pain will quickly develop into what is known as temporomandibular joint disorder or (TMD).

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

Man holding jaw in pain before T M J therapy

The symptoms are not always easy to spot in the beginning; however, once you know the symptoms associated with TMJ disorder or TMD, you will be able to easily identify if you believe you are suffering from this condition. If so, make sure to call our dental office and schedule an appointment. A thorough examination by one of our dentists will confirm or deny the presence of TMD.

Some of the common symptoms of TMJ disorder include:

  • Pain or aching in your face or around your ears
  • Jaw locks when attempting to open or close the mouth
  • Difficulty chewing or eating
  • Pain in the temporomandibular joints
  • General pain or tenderness in your jaw
  • Migraines or general headaches
  • Bite misalignment

TMJ Therapy

Dentists looking at x-rays to plan T M J therapy

If after looking at your oral cavity and facial structure it is confirmed that you do have TMD, Dr. Sharma or Dr. Ludu will recommend an occlusal splint, which functions and is designed to look much like a traditional mouthguard. These small, compact, oral devices help to reduce any pressure that is being placed onto your jaw joints as well as realign your bite. Custom-made to fit your mouth comfortably, they also work to prevent your teeth from coming into contact with each other.

Every patient is different, so based on the suggestion by Dr. Sharma or Dr. Ludu, you may need to wear your appliance only at night or all day. When it comes to treating TMD, the most effective method available is oral appliance therapy.

Benefits of TMJ Therapy

Model smile with occlusal splint to provide T M J therapy

Apart from the ability to relieve chronic jaw pain, the other benefits associated with TMJ Therapy include:

  • Helps to prevent or stop bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching)
  • Reduces frequent headaches
  • Reduces excessive wear and tear on your teeth
  • Restores functionality without pain (i.e., eating, chewing, speaking, yawning, smiling)
  • Boosts your confidence and overall mood and quality of life