Have you ever thought about the amazing strength and flexibility of your jaw? It contains the largest joint in the head, where the jaw connects to the skull and is known as the TMJ or temporomandibular joint. Unfortunately, the TMJ can have an extensive list of problems, and the result is something known as TMD (as well as TMJ). At Family and Cosmetic Dentistry – Dr. James L. Schmidt & Associates in St. Louis, MO we offer TMJ treatment that alleviates this painful and chronic issue.

Understanding TMJ

When someone experiences symptoms of TMJ or TMD, they often include:

  • Pain in the jaw, face, head, and neck
  • Ringing ears
  • Intense bruxism
  • Dental damage from clenching and grinding
  • Popping or noise with movement of the jaw
  • Locking of the jaw when opened or closed
  • Stiffness and pain when using the jaw to chew or even speak

These are but the most frequently noted symptoms, and doctors are still not sure if it is the symptom that leads to the condition or the condition causing the symptoms. However, as your trusted dentist in St. Louis, we want to ensure that you don’t suffer the signs of this condition and offer effective TMJ treatment.

TMJ Treatment Explained

Though TMJ or TMD seems very complex and mysterious, TMJ treatment is really anything but. After all, we can consult with you to determine if you do have the obvious signs of TMD. If so, we can then make a customized mouth guard, which is an oral appliance that prevents behaviors like teeth grinding and intense clenching.

This immediately reduces your symptoms and ends any pain or discomfort. While some of our patients realize that they also clench or grind their teeth during the day, we find that the night guard is often a quick and effective solution to so much of the pain related to the condition. We can work with you to determine if other treatments are needed, such as fixing bite issues or addressing general dentistry concerns and soon get your TMD and other dental health problems under control.

Rid Yourself of TMJ Pain Today with TMD Treatment

Do you want to learn more about this issue? If so, give us a call at our St. Louis, MO office at 314-968-7979. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.