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TMJ Therapy in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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About TMJ Disorder

TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, which connects the jaw to the skull and helps to open and close the jaw with a sliding hinge motion. When this important joint becomes inflamed, damaged, or otherwise irritated, patients can experience a number of uncomfortable and frustrating symptoms, collectively known as TMJ disorder. Depending on the cause and severity of your TMJ symptoms, you may be a candidate for neuromuscular therapy for TMJ. The expert team at Kodish-Perez Dental Group in Fort Lauderdale, FL is proud to offer the most advanced neuromuscular dentistry services to give patients fast and long-lasting relief from TMJ/TMD symptoms.

TMJ/TMD Causes

TMJ disorder can be caused by a variety of things and is often a multifactorial condition, meaning there are several issues contributing to the problem. Because there are several structures around and within the TMJ, including bone, cartilage, muscle, tendons, ligaments, and others, the list of potential TMJ/TMD triggers is fairly lengthy. Some of the most common causes and risk factors for TMJ disorder include: 

  • Malocclusion (misalignment of top and bottom teeth/jawbone)
  • Trauma 
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Bruxism
  • Clenching and grinding
  • Arthritis
  • Nerve damage
  • Cartilage damage

TMJ Disorder Symptoms

TMJ symptoms can range from mild to severe and may be acute, intermittent, or even chronic. In most cases, TMJ disorder causes symptoms in the jaw, mouth, and teeth, though TMJ pain can also radiate to the cheeks, neck, head, and other surrounding areas.

Some of the more common symptoms of TMJ disorder include:

  • Pain in the jaw muscles
  • Earache
  • Popping, clicking, or grinding sounds in the jaw
  • Difficulty opening or closing the jaw (locked jaw)
  • Frequent headaches, migraines, or neck aches
  • Disrupted sleep
  • Discomfort with chewing and eating

Additionally, some patients with TMJ disorder experience more unusual symptoms, including blurry vision, sore throat, trouble swallowing, and ringing in the ears.

When To Schedule an Appointment FOR TMJ

If you are experiencing painful or disruptive TMJ symptoms that make it difficult to eat, sleep, or simply relax, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with one of our acclaimed dentists today. For patients who notice a popping or clicking jaw without pain, TMJ treatment may not be necessary until or unless it becomes uncomfortable or bothersome.

TMJ Treatment in Fort Lauderdale

At Kodish-Perez Dental Group, our highly trained experts offer noninvasive, natural alternatives for TMJ therapy through the use of neuromuscular dentistry and specialized orthotic appliances.

Neuromuscular dentistry FOR TMJ

Neuromuscular dentistry addresses the teeth themselves, as well as the structures surrounding the teeth, including muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, and more. For TMJ treatment specifically, neuromuscular dentistry aims to pinpoint the most relaxed and well-aligned position of the jaw. In the first stage of TMJ therapy, a TENS unit (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) helps to relax the jaw so that the dentist can evaluate and measure its position when properly aligned. This may also help alleviate TMJ pain. Next, these measurements are used to create an orthotic unit, or splint, which is worn for about 90 days. Over this period, the muscles will remain more relaxed, and the jaw will become accustomed to its new position. Once the jaw has been properly realigned, patients should notice a dramatic improvement in their TMJ symptoms.

SCHEDULE A TMJ DENTAL CONSULTATION IN FORT LAUDERDALE, FL

If you are interested in getting relief from TMJ pain without surgery or prescription medications, you may be excited to learn about the more natural approach taken by a neuromuscular dentist. To learn more about TMJ pain relief in Fort Lauderdale, call Kodish-Perez Dental Group to schedule your private consultation today. 

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