Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

TMJ & TMD Treatment

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) also known as (TMJ), is a very painful and uncomfortable affliction to endure.  This disorder primarily targets the facial muscles and jawline, causing pain to course through the regions when movement of the mouth is attempted.  TMD is associated with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ): located at the side of your head, which coordinates the top of part of the temporal bone and the lower jaw bone known as your mandible.  

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) allows for the side-to-side movement and sliding motions of your jaw.  In essence, this joint is responsible for allowing your mouth to chew food, enabling adjustments to the jaw region, and, in effect, allowing for your mouth to help form words when speaking.  Temporomandibular joint disorder results from injury to the jaw, arthritis, or habits such as grinding your teeth at night.  Different kinds of pain may result from this disorder, depending on how minor or how severe your condition is.

These disorders may produce some of the following symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Limited movement of the jaw
  • Pain opening or closing the mouth
  • Clicking or grating noises with jaw movement

 

In some cases, however, discomfort of the jaw is unrelated to TMJ disorder.  Stress can play a huge factor in making muscles in the jaw tense, resulting in similar symptoms linked to TMJ disorder.  Special imaging techniques may be required to properly diagnose jaw problems, and correct them accordingly.

Treatment

Your course of treatment depends on the severity of your diagnosis and damage to the joint.  In the majority of cases, a Night Guard is the most effective way to prevent damage caused by clenching and grating of the teeth.

Dr. Yurovsky will fashion your night guard to fit the structure of your bite by taking an impression of your teeth. This impression is then sent to a lab where your night guard will be constructed.