TMJ/TMD

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TMJ is a muscular joint dysfunction that makes it uncomfortable during basic jaw movements like chewing or talking. At Meadows Dental Care, we specialize in TMJ and its treatments. Our doctors are equipped with the highest levels of training and the latest technology to put an end to your jaw discomforts. Learn more about TMJ and its treatments below.

What is TMJ?

The "Teporomandibular Joint," more commonly referred to as the "jaw joint," assists in the basic opening and closing movements of the jaw. Unfortunately, this joint is a common area for recurring pain. Although conventional wisdom suggests that "popping" sounds in the jaw indicates a TMJ dysfunction, this is not always true. Many times, your jaw is functioning properly even if a popping sound is present when chewing or talking.

What Can Meadows Dental Do For Me?

We offer a TMJ exam that evaluates the joint tissue in the "hinge" of the jaw. Possible problems include swelling, deterioration of the joint tissue or damaged joint tissue, which cushions the jaw bones during the opening and closing movement of the mouth. Common pain relievers and cold compresses can provide temporary relief for most cases of TMJ.

Other Treatment Alternatives For TMJ

For more serious cases of TMJ, we will recommend alternate treatments. Often, we will suggest using a mouthguard to relieve teeth grinding. In some cases, we will instruct you to use orthodontic appliances or retainers to alleviate discomfort or redirect positioning of the TMJ joint. For the most severe cases of TMJ, we may recommend certain invasive procedures.

Contact Meadows Dental Care Today

If you are experiencing any jaw issues or common symptoms listed above, schedule your consultation today! We offer many specialized services, ranging from Invisalign to TMJ treatment plans. Feel free to contact us today at 847-397-1111 for any questions you may have!