TMJ disorder (TMD) is a condition affecting the health and function of the temporomandibular joint and the surrounding muscles and ligaments. Symptoms of TMD range from jaw pain and popping to chronic headaches and restricted jaw movement or lock jaw. For patients living with TMD, the symptoms can oftentimes be severe enough to interfere with their everyday actives like chewing, speaking, or yawning. A common and major component of TMD is bruxism, or teeth grinding and clenching. However, many possible causes of TMD exist and diagnosing the source of TMJ issues is critical in providing TMJ treatment in Coventry, CT, that manages or resolves symptoms.
Many TMJ issues are a result of muscle pain or discomfort from bruxism or damage to the joint from displacement, dislocation, or injury. All our TMJ related cases begin with a detained questionnaire we developed to aid us in diagnosing the root cause of these issues. We complete this questionnaire together to gather a more comprehensive understanding of your symptoms. Your TMJ treatment in Coventry, CT, may also involve a cone beam CT scan, which allows us to take an in-depth look at the condition of your jaw joint. If TMD is a result of muscular issues, we are able to treat these symptoms with nightguards and home care therapy. For more rare and severe issues affecting the joint itself, surgical intervention may be necessary.
Nightguards are a common TMJ treatment recommendation for patients who clench or grind their teeth at night as a way to protect their teeth and jaw and help reduce symptoms of TMD. Guards also protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining. If a nightguard is recommended for your case, we will take an impression of your teeth that will be sent to the dental lab to be created. These custom guards are made molded to fit the shape of your teeth and in most cases, come in variety of colors and styles. We may also recommend home care therapy designed to naturally relieve stress to the muscles and joints and reduce jaw pain.