Don’t Live With Jaw Pain Caused by TMJ!
Do you suffer from jaw pain, tension headaches, or frequent migraines? Temporomandibular disorders, also known as TMJ, may be the cause of your pain. At Centennial Dental Center in Boise, ID, Dentist Scott Wright has provided relief to hundreds of people with TMJ from around the world.
Dr. Wright has extensive splint therapy training. He is also knowledgeable when it comes to neuromuscular equilibration techniques, the latest treatments for TMJ. Dr. Wright completed the Dawson Center Continuum, where he placed particular emphasis on craniofacial pain management, including TMJ diagnosis and treatment. During the continuum, Dr. Wright learned how to analyze each of his patient’s conditions thoroughly. This training enables Dr. Wright to give you the best TMJ treatment in Boise, ID.
Don’t Continue to let the pain hold you back. Contact our Boise, ID office today.
What is TMJ?
TMJ disorder is a condition in which the temporomandibular joints have become dysfunctional. The temporomandibular joints are the joints at the back of your jaw, on each side. This pair of temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, is what facilitates the broad range of movements capable of the jaw. While TMJ is technically the term for these joints, it is also often used to describe TMJ disorder (TMJD).
TMJ disorder is a condition in which the temporomandibular joints have become dysfunctional. When overstressed joints, ligaments, and muscles stop working together, they can lead to the following:
- jaw pain
- facial and neck soreness
- chronic headaches and migraines
- uncomfortable clicking when the jaw moves
- limited jaw movement and, in some cases, total immobility, called lockjaw
What Causes TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder occurs when the small disc and cartilage-covered joints do not interact properly. Jaw pain may occur when the disc becomes misaligned or worn down. Damage to the cartilage in the joint may also lead to dysfunction. This may be the case in patients with arthritis. A direct injury may also damage the joint.
Some of the most common causes of TMJ dysfunction include bite issues and bruxism. Malocclusion may stem from structural anomalies in natural teeth or restorations such as crowns and bridges. Bruxism is the condition that describes excessive clenching or grinding.
What Are Treatment Options For Jaw Pain from TMJ Disorder?
The way to treat TMJ Disorder is first to perform a comprehensive diagnostic examination to determine the cause. Sometimes a precise cause cannot be identified. When the issue is related to bite, we look at ways to achieve optimal mechanical function. When bruxism is an underlying factor, splint therapy can quickly improve comfort by minimizing the force placed on the joints and muscles of the jaw.
Can You Prevent TMJ Disorder?
Because TMJ disorder can result from a number of different factors, there is no way to guarantee prevention. However, there are steps that can be taken to minimize the risks to temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
Bruxism is a habit that is often related to stress. Therefore, finding ways to reduce stress, such as exercise or meditation, can be beneficial. Grinding and clenching often occur during sleep, so you have little control over the force absorbed by the jaw. To minimize stress, Dr. Wright may use splint therapy customized to your mouth.
Children and adults who engage in contact sports are at an increased risk of oral injury and are encouraged to wear proper gear. A mouth guard customized to your dentition provides the greatest extent of protection against mandibular injury.