TMD in the TMJ is described as Temporal Mandibular Disorder in the Temporal Mandibular Joint. If you press with a finger on your skin just in front of your ear and open and close your mouth you can feel a bulge. it feels almost as if the joint is just below the skin however it is around an inch to an inch and a half deep.
If you have muscular soreness at this point or in the muscles that are above and over your temple, this can be an indication that you may have Temporal Mandibular Disorder in the TMJ or Temporal Mandibular Joint. This can be pronounced causing pain or discomfort when chewing.
If you hold a lot of tension in your jaw such as clinching teeth or grinding your teeth this can exacerbate the TMD issues. Grinding your teeth at night although more common that day grinding can be corrected using a teeth covering while sleeping and during the day called a night guard that helps prevent nighttime grinding. These same devices can be useful during the daytime as well to reduce teeth grinding also known as bruxism.
Reductive coronoplasty is another dental technique to assist in the reduction of TMD in the TMJ be reducing the teeth height and shape leveling the teeth biting surface. This can reduce the stress caused during uncontrolled grinding day or night without the use of a dental guard type device. A similar yet opposite procedure called additive coronoplasty is the buildup of areas on the teeth to ensure a correct biting surface to reduce the stress of grinding.
One lesser known corrective action that can be administered is Botox. Botox may reduce pain and the frequency of teeth grinding while also offering relieve of stress in the surrounding muscle structures connected to the TMJ area.
One of the simplest ways to assist in the reduction of TMD symptoms in the TMJ is to reduce stress. Therefore, causing a reduction in clenching and grinding of the teeth and jaw due to stress. The services described can be used in conjunction with one another to create a plan of attack to address your specific TMJ issues
At Cobalt Dental Care we offer all of the services and procedures mentioned above. Call and set an appointment today and let us help create a treatment plan specific to you and your needs to assist in reducing TMD in the TMJ.
Some of the services offered for TMJ treatment are as follows:
- Reductive Coronoplasty
- a dental procedure that reduces the surface of the teeth used to reshape or level the biting surface of your teeth
- Additive Coronoplasty
- a dental procedure that builds up the surface of the teeth used to reshape or level the biting surface of your teeth
- help relax the masseter muscle one of the largest jaw muscles that controls the Temporal Mandibular Joint
- Stress Reduction
- Stress can lead to grinding of the teeth or tension in the muscles surrounding the TMJ
- Adjustment of Crowded, Misaligned, or Crooked Teeth
- Corrective procedures can lessen the overall tension in the surrounding muscles of the TMJ
- Information and Guidance to become more Aware and assist in Eliminating a Behavior
- Such as teeth grinding (Bruxism)
- Clenching due to stress
- Improper chewing habits
- Alignment of dental appliances