TMJ Disorders

TMJ Disorders and Facial Pain

A large portion of human beings clench and grind their teeth while sleeping (30% of the population, with 5% doing it aggressively), especially when acute or chronic stress is involved. This has negative consequence for health and quality of life, including:

  • Muscles, ligaments and TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain.
  • Clicking or grating noise when you open your mouth.
  • Ultimately, trouble with mouth opening and side-to-side movements.
Management Includes:
  • Nightguard / TMJ splint fits over your top or bottom teeth and helps keep your teeth apart during sleep, thereby
    • Relaxing the muscles and reducing pain.
    • Protecting the cartilage and the joint’s Disc.
    • Protecting the teeth from wearing down.

    At Elevation Center, we use Intra-Oral Digital Scanning Technology (3-Shape Trios) to make a precisely fitting device, thus eliminating the need for dental impression “mold” material (which is messy, tends to cause a gag reflex, and often must be repeated several times).

    Side effects from using the oral appliance include: temporary excessive salivation (likely), TMJ/facial discomfort (unlikely), minor changes in how your teeth fit together (rare).

  • Botox: The use of Botox has been shown to reduce pain and improve mouth opening in patients with TMJ/Facial pain. The effect is temporary, and just like the use of Botox in facial aesthetics, the treatment must be repeated.
  • Acute relief of the muscle spasm and joint pain with
    • Stress reduction (including physical therapy, meditation, mental health therapy).
    • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory meds/muscle relaxants.
    • Soft diet.
  • Bite adjustment (equilibration), orthodontics with or without jaw reconstruction, or restorative dental work. Surgical options such as arthroscopy and open joint repair restructuring are sometimes needed but are reserved for severe cases.
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