TMD/TMJ/ Nightguards

Your oral health doesn’t simply stop at teeth. We take account of the full picture, providing relief from jaw pain and discomfort with a caring touch. Our dedicated team is committed to providing exceptional dental care with a warm and friendly touch of Southern hospitality. As part of our comprehensive services, we offer effective treatment options for temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) or temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ). Our goal is to alleviate your discomfort and improve your quality of life through personalized TMJ treatment, including the use of nightguards. At Gower Family Dentistry, we prioritize your well-being and are here to help you find relief from TMD/TMJ symptoms.

What is TMD/TMJ?

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) or temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) refers to a range of conditions that affect the jaw joint and the surrounding muscles. This complex joint allows for the smooth movement of the jaw, facilitating essential functions such as chewing, speaking, and swallowing. When problems arise with the TMJ, it can lead to a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including:

  • Jaw pain or tenderness
  • Clicking or popping sounds when opening or closing the mouth
  • Difficulty opening or closing the mouth fully
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Earaches or ringing in the ears
  • Facial pain or discomfort
  • Jaw locking or getting stuck


Benefits of TMJ Treatment

Seeking treatment for TMD/TMJ can bring a host of benefits to your daily life, including:

  • Pain relief: TMJ treatment aims to alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with TMD. By addressing the underlying causes of the condition, we can help reduce jaw pain, headaches, and other related symptoms.
  • Improved jaw function: TMJ treatment aims to restore proper jaw function, allowing for smoother and more comfortable movements when speaking, chewing, and performing other essential functions.
  • Enhanced quality of life: By addressing TMD/TMJ symptoms, treatment can significantly improve your overall quality of life. It can help you eat, speak, and engage in daily activities without discomfort or limitations, leading to a happier and more fulfilling life.

Do I Need A Nightguard?

Nightguards are a common treatment option for TMD/TMJ, especially for individuals who experience symptoms related to teeth grinding or clenching, also known as bruxism. A nightguard is a custom-made oral appliance that fits comfortably over your teeth. It acts as a protective barrier, cushioning the impact of grinding or clenching and preventing damage to your teeth and jaw joints.

If you exhibit signs of bruxism, such as worn tooth enamel, jaw pain, or headaches upon waking, a nightguard may be recommended. During your consultation, our experienced dental team will assess your symptoms, examine your teeth and jaw alignment, and determine if a nightguard is suitable for your needs.

What To Expect During TMJ Treatment

When you visit Gower Family Dentistry for TMJ treatment, our caring team will conduct a thorough examination and evaluation of your jaw joint and surrounding structures. We will discuss your symptoms, medical history, and any factors that may contribute to your TMD/TMJ. Based on this assessment, we will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. This plan may include the use of a nightguard, lifestyle modifications, stress management techniques, and other appropriate interventions.

Experience Relief and Comfort at Gower Family Dentistry

If you are experiencing TMD/TMJ symptoms or suspect you may have a jaw joint disorder, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at Gower Family Dentistry. Our skilled dental team will listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and develop a customized treatment approach to address your specific needs. Don’t let jaw pain and discomfort hold you back from enjoying life. Take the first step towards relief and improved well-being by booking your consultation with us today. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice and helping you find comfort and renewed oral health.