Your temporomandibular joints are located on both sides of your head. Their function is to provide flexibility, allowing you to stretch the muscles that control your jaw without discomfort. While the specific cause of TMJ is often hard to determine, the symptoms can be very debilitating.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
TMJ disorder can result in a variety of unpleasant symptoms including:
- Chronic pain and/or stiffness in your jaw
- Pain/discomfort when you bite
- Headaches and toothaches
- Neck pain
- Facial swelling and inflammation
- Clicking or popping sounds when you open and close your jaw
Treatments for TMJ Disorder
One of the primary causes of TMJ pain is clenching or grinding your teeth overnight, also known as bruxism. If this is the cause of your TMJ disorder, Dr. Shlafer can relieve your symptoms with a customized mouth guard. Our mouth guards protect your teeth and alleviate pressure in your jaw while you sleep.
If a mouth guard doesn’t treat your symptoms, you may have a problem with the alignment of your bite. Thankfully, Dr. Shlafer can treat this with an occlusal equilibration procedure. This method involves meticulously altering your bite over the course of multiple visits until the alignment is perfect. Once it’s complete, you’ll experience relief from your symptoms.
Visit Dr. Shlafer to Relieve Your TMJ Pain
If you’re suffering from chronic jaw pain, don’t hesitate to contact our practice and schedule a consultation with Dr. Shlafer. He’ll evaluate the condition of your bite and determine the best treatment for you.