TMD Treatment

Andover, MA

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) can cause significant discomfort and impact your daily life. At Bagnall Family Dentistry, our experienced dental care providers in Andover, MA, offer comprehensive TMD treatment to alleviate symptoms and improve your quality of life. Whether you experience jaw discomfort, headaches, or difficulty chewing, our team is here to help you find relief.

What Is The TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge connecting your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, located in front of each ear. It allows you to move your jaw up and down and side to side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn. This joint plays a crucial role in your daily activities, from eating to speaking. When this joint is not functioning properly, it can lead to TMD, causing a variety of uncomfortable symptoms.

What Is TMD?

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) encompasses a range of conditions that affect the TMJ, muscles controlling jaw movement, and related tissues. This disorder can lead to chronic discomfort, impaired jaw function, and other complications if not properly managed. TMD can be complex, as it often involves both the joint and the muscles that control jaw movement, making it essential to receive comprehensive care.

Signs & Symptoms Of TMD

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of TMD is the first step toward seeking treatment. Common signs and symptoms of TMD include:

  • Jaw discomfort or soreness, often most prevalent in the morning or late afternoon
  • Pain in the jaw, neck, shoulders, and around the ear when chewing, speaking, or opening the mouth wide
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth
  • Limited movement or locking of the jaw
  • Headaches or earaches
  • Facial fatigue or swelling on the side of the face
  • Difficulty chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite, as if the upper and lower teeth are not fitting together properly

These symptoms can vary in intensity and may come and go, making it important to seek professional evaluation and treatment.

Causes & Risk Factors Associated With TMD

Understanding the causes and risk factors associated with TMD can help in managing and preventing the disorder. Several factors can contribute to the development of TMD, including:

  • Injury to the jaw or head: Trauma from accidents, falls, or sports injuries can damage the TMJ.
  • Arthritis in the TMJ: Arthritis can affect the temporomandibular joint, leading to inflammation and pain.
  • Chronic grinding or clenching of teeth (bruxism): This habit can put excessive pressure on the TMJ and surrounding muscles.
  • Misalignment of the teeth or jaw: An improper bite or orthodontic issues can strain the TMJ.
  • Stress: High-stress levels can lead to the tightening of facial and jaw muscles, exacerbating TMD symptoms.
  • Poor posture: Particularly in the neck and shoulders, poor posture can affect the alignment and function of the jaw.

By addressing these underlying causes, we can create a personalized treatment plan to alleviate TMD symptoms and improve jaw function.

Treatment For TMD

At Bagnall Family Dentistry, our approach to treating TMD includes a combination of therapies tailored to your specific needs:

  • Lifestyle modifications: Techniques to reduce stress and improve posture, including relaxation exercises and ergonomic adjustments.
  • Dental appliances: Custom-made splints or mouthguards to prevent teeth grinding and reduce jaw tension.
  • Advanced treatments: In severe cases, we may recommend dental correction or surgery to address structural issues contributing to TMD.

Our goal is to provide effective, non-invasive treatments whenever possible, with a focus on long-term relief and improved quality of life.

TMD Relief With Facial Rejuvenation

For some patients, facial rejuvenation injectables can provide significant relief from TMD symptoms. These injectables can help relax the muscles around the jaw, reducing tension and discomfort. Our team is skilled in using facial rejuvenation techniques to complement traditional TMD treatments, offering a comprehensive approach to managing this condition. 

Why Choose Us For TMD Treatment?

At Bagnall Family Dentistry, we are committed to providing premier TMD treatment in Andover, MA. Our experienced team of dental care providers uses the latest techniques and treatments to ensure you receive the highest quality care. We understand the impact that TMD can have on your life and are dedicated to helping you achieve lasting relief.

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