TMJ Treatment

Don’t let TMJ keep you from living your best life. You can trust McMillan Family Dental for comfortable TMJ treatment in Meridian and the surrounding communities.

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems can cause stiffness, discomfort, and pain. That’s why it’s important to seek attention from a trained dentist if you experience any issues with your jaw. Schedule a consultation with the experienced doctors at McMillan Family Dental for the TMJ treatment you need to find relief.

What Is TMJ/TMD?

When you experience frequent pain or stiffness with your temporomandibular joints or jaw, this is known as a TMJ disorder or TMD. Living with TMD can make it difficult or uncomfortable:

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    Open and close your mouth normally

The trusted dentists at McMillan Family Dental can treat your condition and relieve your discomfort.

What Causes TMJ/TMD?

In many cases, the exact cause of your TMJ/TMD can often be difficult to determine. Your disorder may be caused by a combination of different health factors, such as genetics, arthritis, or jaw injury. People who have frequent jaw pain also tend to clench or grind their teeth during sleep (a condition called bruxism), although many people habitually clench or grind their teeth and never develop TMD.

Your case depends on your unique treatment needs. Be sure to talk to your dentist if you experience any issues with your jaws to learn how we can help you find relief.

Do I Have TMJ/TMD?

To find out if TMJ/TMD treatment is right for you, schedule a consultation with our experienced dental team at McMillan Family Dental. Your doctor will perform a thorough examination of your mouth to check the health of your bite and jaws. Our team may also take X-rays of your jaws to help identify any issues that don’t appear during a visual or physical examination. Using these findings, your doctor will discuss your treatment options and determine the best course of action for your condition.

What Are the Signs of a TMJ Disorder?

TMJ/TMD can be painful and negatively impact your overall quality of life. Be sure to schedule a consultation with our doctor as soon as possible if you experience:

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    A popping, grating, a clicking sensation when you open and close your mouth
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    An uncomfortable and frequent ache in your neck or jaw
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    Recurring headaches near or around your ear
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    Frequent tightness or soreness in your jaw muscles
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    Frequent toothaches due to grinding or clenching your teeth

Diagnosing TMJ/TMD with Joint Vibration Analysis

Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA) is one of the most important tools we have at our disposal for diagnosing TMD and helping our patients find relief from their pain. The analysis involves a simple, non-invasive joint function screening with a device called the BioJVATM. During the JVA, we listen to and record the noises and vibrations the jaw makes as the patient opens and closes their mouth. The screening only takes a few moments, is completely painless, and provides us with vital information for determining the nature and severity of a patient’s TMJ disorder. We then use the JVA results to create an effective TMD treatment plan for our patient.

How Is TMJ/TMD Treated?

Our doctors use comfortable oral appliances to treat TMJ/TMD. The standard TMJ appliance is a stabilization splint, more commonly known as a bite guard or bite plate. This splint is made of acrylic resin and fits comfortably over the upper or lower teeth. The appliance repositions the jaw and prevents contact between the teeth, preventing damage to your teeth and alleviating your discomfort.

To learn more about TMJ treatment in Meridian, please give McMillan Family Dental a call! You can reach our dental office at (208) 216-1718 to schedule your appointment.

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