TMJ/TMD Treatment in Concord, MA

TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint; the related disorders are known as TMD. This painful condition affects jaw joints that aren’t functioning properly. In younger people, TMD is usually linked with issues that impact the jaw muscle. For older adults, exact causes have been hard to pinpoint. Concord Woods Dental Group in Concord, MA offers several treatment options to alleviate TMJ pain.

Signs and Symptoms of TMJ Disorders

However, TMJ/TMD troubles have been associated with health concerns that tend to worsen with age. For example, some common symptoms of TMD in older patients, include:

  • Clicking or popping noises in the jaw
  • Frequent, severe headaches, jaw pain, neck or earaches, stiff shoulders, and more
  • Increased dizziness
  • Jaw pain when yawning
  • Lockjaw
  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw when chewing and speaking
  • Reduced movement
  • Sensitivity to sound
  • Teeth grinding or clenching

TMD is not a specific disease; it is a condition. In fact, TMJ disorders come with many different symptoms, ranging from mild to severe. As a result, some patients may show signs but have no problem functioning in daily life. Also, TMD symptoms tend to appear more often in women. If you experience any of the above symptoms of TMJ disorder, contact your dentist in Concord, MA to discuss treatment options.

Recommended TMJ/TMD Treatments

For many Concord Woods Dental Group patients, TMD pain may go away without intervention. For others, symptoms may get worse over time or come and go. TMD is not usually cured, but managed. Your Concord, MA dentist may recommend one or more of the following treatments or refer you to an outside physician or a dental specialist.

  • Relaxing the jaw muscles: We can offer techniques to help ease the jaw muscle and relieve TMJ pain.
  • Orthodontics: Dental splints or mouth guards can help reduce teeth grinding and muscle spasms during sleep.
  • Jaw Exercises: Hot and cold treatments and ultrasounds combined with massages can exercise the joints, improve flexibility, and reduce TMJ symptoms.
  • Surgery or Neurotoxin Injections: In the most severe cases, surgery may be needed to repair the jaw joint. Also, botulinum or steroid injections can also be used to limit movement and reduce inflammation.
  • Medication: Painkillers, muscle relaxers, or antidepressants may help to reduce TMJ-related pain.

Your dentist in Concord, MA will work to fix any underlying conditions before suggesting medication or surgery for TMD.

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