The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge-like part of your jaw that connects it to your skull. This joint allows your mouth to move up and down and side to side, allowing you to yawn, chew, and talk. When this area becomes damaged or injured, it can have a significant impact on your oral health. Known as TMJ/TMD disorder, it can cause pain and discomfort. Common symptoms of TMJ that patients may experience include:
- Clicking or popping when the jaw is opened
- Facial pain/swelling
- Bruxism, or nighttime grinding
- Pain and tenderness in the neck or shoulders
- Problems widely opening the jaw
At Darren Chu DDS, we’ll evaluate your situation and determine if TMJ dysfunction is causing your symptoms. We’ll perform a clinical exam and a computerized Joint Vibration Analysis as part of our diagnostic process.
How We Treat TMJ
We employ neuromuscular dentistry to correctly align the jaw and provide a more balanced bite. We focus on three different aspects of your mouth that affect occlusion – your teeth, muscles, and joint – to find the perfect position and reduce stress and tension on your joint. Neuromuscular dentistry uses a variety of technology, such as imaging and testing, to determine how the jaw muscles respond to both activity and rest. We’ll evaluate your jaw to ensure full range of motion and find the position in which your upper teeth fit properly with your lower jaw. This optimal position can be maintained using an orthotic, similar to a splint, which will keep your jaw comfortably in the correct bite position.
Dr. Chu also uses Botox® as an alternative treatment for TMJ dysfunction, in accordance with California State Law. Botox relaxes the sore facial muscles and can alleviate jaw tension and pain associated with TMJ. Often, patients with TMJ suffer from unconscious muscle spasms, which can lead to headaches and pain. Botox stops the muscles from engaging in such movement. Dr. Chu administers Botox injections for TMJ treatment right in our office, where you can relax and be comfortable.
Don’t suffer from painful TMJ symptoms any longer. Let our team at Darren Chu DDS help you get the relief you deserve. We’ll find the most appropriate and effective solution for you, and your jaw will thank you. Eliminate tension and stress from your smile with Neuromuscular Dentistry for TMJ!