The “Temporomandibular Joint” or “jaw joint”, is integral to the basic opening and closing movements of the jaw and is often the focus of TMJ treatment. Regrettably, recurring pain often plagues this joint. While “popping” sounds may not always signal a TMJ dysfunction, they can be a cause for concern. It’s important to note that even with a “popping” sound during chewing or talking, your jaw could still be functioning properly. For these uncertainties and complexities, considering TMD/TMJ Treatment can be a prudent choice.

Symptoms of TMD/TMJ Disorder

  • Recurrent jaw or ear pain made worse by chewing or talking
  • Jaw pain in the morning due to grinding or clenching
  • Overall tiredness of the face muscles
TMJ Treatment

If you experience any of these symptoms, Dr. Fulton will do a comprehensive evaluation to determine the extent of your TMD. Based on her findings, she will discuss with you the best methods of treatment.

Possible problems with the TMJ 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. For these issues, TMJ Treatment is often sought. Common pain relievers and cold compresses can provide temporary relief for most cases of TMJ.

For more serious cases of TMJ, we will help you to identify TMD triggers to avoid and alternate treatments. Often, we will suggest using a mouth guard to relieve teeth clenching or grinding. For the most severe cases of TMJ, we may refer you for additional treatment such as Botox of the face muscles or physical therapy.

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