TMJ/TMD

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The symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (often called TMJ or TMD) can be severely uncomfortable. Our experienced TMD dentists in Aurora are personally committed to restoring your complete dental comfort and function by treating these symptoms at their source. If you believe you may be experiencing the symptoms of TMJ problems, please call Aspenwood Dental Associates and Colorado Dental Implant Center at (720) 400-8546 to schedule a complimentary consultation.

What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder?

TMJ is a dental problem that can be caused by several different situations. Possible causes of TMJ are:

  • Jaw injury
  • Stress
  • Poor bite alignment (malocclusion)
  • Grinding and clenching your teeth
  • Arthritis
  •  Problems within the joint itself (i.e. disc dislocation or deterioration)

The temporomandibular joints are located on either side of your head. These hinged joints allow you to open and close your jaw. When the TMJs or their surrounding muscles, ligaments and blood vessels are strained, compressed or otherwise not functioning properly, then this disharmonious relationship between the TMJ components can lead to painful symptoms, such as:

  • Chronic headaches
  • Soreness or tenderness around the joints or your jaw
  • Pain in your inner ear
  • Discomfort when chewing
  • Facial pain, swelling and aching
  • Jaw joints locking in an open or closed position

The only way to know if your symptoms are caused by TMJ/TMD or another issue is to visit our experienced dentists. We can evaluate your symptoms and your bite, and review your dental history, as well as perform other assessments as part of determining the cause of your discomfort. In your complimentary consultation, we will answer all of your questions about TMJ.

What our experienced Dentists can do to Help

To ease the pain and discomfort coming from your jaw joints, your treatment plan will focus on correcting the issue that is causing TMD. Oftentimes this means making sure your jaw and bite are properly aligned and not causing strain on the joints. It may also mean correcting any misalignment that is straining the surrounding muscles and nerves. Treatment may consist of:

  • TENS therapy to soothe muscles with electronic stimulation
  • Rebuilding the bite (full mouth reconstruction) to restore a harmonious relationship between your bite and the muscles of the TMJ
  • Reducing stress or other issues leading to TMJ pain

Our dentists are committed to presenting all of your treatment options and helping you build a treatment plan that meets your goals and expectations. With proper dental care, you can once again enjoy the full function of your teeth and jaws without pain and discomfort.

To find out if TMJ treatment near Denver at our Aurora, Colorado dental practice is right for you, please contact Aspenwood Dental Associates and Colorado Dental Implant Center to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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