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Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Pain

Jaw pain can be debilitating, especially for patients who have been suffering chronically for years. There are several causes and aggravators of jaw pain, but many stem from dislocation of the jaw. Some experience a clicking or popping noise when opening or closing while others experience pain while eating, yawning, and even talking.

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An Uncommon Approach to Treatment for TMJ Pain

Traditional methods have left patients married to daytime or nighttime oral appliances that must be require never-ending visits back to the dentist for adjustments when pain returns. Our “phase 1” approach is a 12-week process to correct the underlying issues and wean you from use of a prescribed custom appliance. Few patients require additional levels of treatment.

Benefits of Treatment

  • Eat what you want, when you want
  • Speak and yawn without pain
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Softening the popping or clicking of the jaw
  • Bone remodeling (healing)

Risks if Left Untreated

  • Dislocation of the jaw
  • Wearing away of soft and hard tissue of the upper jaw (condyle)
  • Formation of fibrous adhesions
  • Inability to completely open or close your mouth
  • Avoidance of certain foods (based on ability to open mouth)
  • Pain while eating, chewing, and speaking

Schedule an Appointment Today

For expert dental care, give us a call and schedule an appointment. Reach out to our office by calling 574-272-0466 at your earliest convenience!