TMJ / TMD Frequently Asked Questions

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TMJ/TMD Questions:

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What is TMJ disorder?

TMJ disorder encompasses a variety of forms of causes and symptoms. These factors may show up as clicking or popping sounds, pain, and may be severe in nature. There are several approaches taken to manage the discomfort, but more importantly, emphasis is placed on determining the specific causes of the condition.

How do I know if I have it?

Does your jaw pop or click when you open your mouth? Do you feel it catching or locking when you try to yawn? Do you feel pain along with difficulty in opening your mouth or eating? Do you feel yourself clenching your jaw or teeth together when worried or under stress? How about frequent headaches or muscle aches in your neck? Have you ever had a head, neck or jaw injury? Do you have arthritis in other parts of your body? If you feel you have one or more of these symptoms, then it is likely that you are experiencing TMJ disorder.

What kinds of treatment are available for my situation?

To determine the cause of your symptoms you need to have an accurate diagnosis which can be obtained through the use of a custom-made orthotic bite splint (bite guard), more commonly referred to as splint therapy. The goal is to reposition the jaw joints to their correct and healthy position, and gain stability. This helps minimize stress on the teeth and muscles of the jaw and relieve pain. The ultimate goal is to understand and uncover the specific needs/treatment that may be necessary. Once the needs are discovered, other forms of treatment may involve orthodontics, equilibration (bite adjustment), or restorative work. Severe cases may require surgical treatment.

Will my insurance help pay for TMJ treatment?

Due to the wide variety of insurance plans, both medical and dental, we will submit all necessary information to assist you in determining what benefits are available. We will recommend what is in your best interest for treatment, however not all plans will provide coverage. Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions and we would be glad to assist in helping determine your benefits or other ways to plan for your treatment.

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