What are Jaw Misalignment Treatments?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the most used joint in the human body. It is responsible for how we eat, bite, chew, talk and even breathe. If this joint is misaligned, it can cause an array of problems that affect your quality of life. We offer treatment to help realign the jaw so that this joint is able to work properly.
Why are Jaw Misalignment Treatments needed?
When the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is not aligned, you may notice that you experience pain, discomfort and even damage to your teeth. You’re more likely to clench and grind your teeth, and you may suffer headaches and jaw-related pain routinely. Some other signs to look for include:
- Stiffness when opening and closing your mouth
- Popping, cracking or grinding noises from the TMJ area
- Pain, tenderness and swelling
- Inability to open your mouth fully
- Recurrent headaches and earaches
- Trouble keeping a conversation because of pain and stiffness
- Pressure in the jaw area, especially when laying down
- Uneven, misaligned bite
What makes you a good candidate for Jaw Misalignment Treatments?
We can examine your jaw to see if the TMJ is out of alignment. We often need to both look and listen to this joint to find the issue. X-rays and other images can help in further identifying the problem and providing adequate treatment. It’s important to seek treatment sooner rather than later to prevent the issue from getting worse.
What happens during Jaw Misalignment Treatment?
Treatment varies from one patient to another. If your TMJ problems are very recent, we may take a wait-and-see approach to see if they go away on their own. In other cases, physical therapy, hot/cold therapy, muscle relaxants and oral devices can help in getting the TMJ into proper position. Orthodontic treatment is sometimes helpful because it helps to shift the teeth so that they are biting down correctly. In extreme cases, we’ll recommend surgery to realign the jaw and prevent future TMJ problems.
If you think you might need jaw misalignment treatment, call our office today and we will be happy to schedule you with a consultation appointment.