TMJ Treatment Baltimore, MD

TMJ Therapy An Overview

Do you suffer from intense, chronic jaw tension or pain? Do you experience frequent and unexplained headaches?

If you often experience tenderness or pain in the jaw, ear, and neck region, you may have TMJ. TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint disorder refers to a range of issues that cause misalignment of the jaw. Dr. Byron Desbordes, a dentist in Baltimore MD,  offers oral sleep appliance therapy for the treatment of TMJ disorders.

TMJ Risk Factors

  • Stress
  • Teeth Clenching
  • Teeth Grinding
  • Trauma to the Jaw muscle
  • Poorly balanced dental work
  • Hormonal changes
  • Malocclusion – bite problems due to jaw misalignment

TMJ is a complex disorder that requires accurate diagnostics and treatment that will support a more comfortable and properly aligned bite. While symptoms vary in severity and can progress over time there are some factors that are commonly seen in patients with TMJ. Soreness in the face muscles, teeth grinding, headaches stemming from the jaw region, painful earaches, the tension in the neck, shoulders, and face, and popping of the jaw are all common signs of TMJ.

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TMJ Therapy What to Expect

Dr. Desbordes will examine your bite alignment and damage to your teeth to better understand your TMJ condition. Your health and dental health history may also help reveal any trauma or improper care you may have received that is causing your jaw pain. Dr. Desbordes always strives to provide patients with a stable bite and healthy oral foundation for optimal oral health.

Once Dr. Desbordes completes the evaluation he may recommend an oral sleep appliance. This device is similar to a sports mouthguard. Designed to custom fit your teeth and gums, your oral sleep device will be fabricated by a local dental lab to your specifications. The sleeping device helps realign your bite to alleviate tension on your jaw and can help to prevent further damage to your jaw, teeth, and gums.

Schedule A Consultation

If you grind your teeth or have chronic head or jaw pain, contact Dr. Desbordes. With over 20 years of dental experience, Dr. Desbordes provides comprehensive oral care for the treatment of TMJ symptoms to help alleviate associated oral health damage.

If you think you may be suffering from a TMJ disorder, schedule a visit to see Dr.Desbordes in our dentist office in Baltimore MD.

TMJ Therapy FAQs

How to relax your jaw when you have TMJ?

There are many ways to help relieve the tension in the jaw. Dr. Desbordes may recommend certain stretches to help relax and relieve the tightness. Eating softer food will put less pressure on the jaw allowing it to heal. Alternating hot and cold compresses are also very effective. If the pain is too much, we also recommend over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or aspirin. However, the best way to relieve the tension and relax your jaw is to manage your overall stress.

What happens if a TMJ disorder is left untreated?

While a TMJ disorder is a non-life-threatening condition, it should be addressed and not ignored. When left untreated, TMJ pain can worsen and severely affect your quality of life. This pain will affect your diet and the type of food you can eat which will contribute to your overall health. It will also affect your quality of sleep which can have detrimental effects on your overall health. Chronic pain can easily lead to depression and anxiety.

How long does it take for TMJ to go away?

This will solely depend on how severe it is and how well you stick to treatment and self-care. Managing your stress and seeking treatment are both very important to relieving your TMJ symptoms. Severe cases can last months while minor cases will subside in three weeks. The best thing you can do to relieve your TMJ pain and symptoms is to follow the advice and treatment plan given to you.