TMJ Treatment Horizon Family Dental Care

The temporomandibular joints connect the lower jawbone to the skull. These joints can cause dysfunction if they are injured or under stress. Horizon Family Dental Care provides TMJ treatment to patients in Baltimore, MD, and the surrounding areas. Our restorative dental care helps alleviate pain caused by TMJ disorders. We thoroughly examine the teeth and facial structure to find areas of wear and injury to create a custom treatment.

Treat TMJ in Baltimore, Maryland

Common Symptoms of TMJ Disorders

Multiple common signs of TMJ disorders include:

  • Teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism)
  • Face, neck, and jaw pain
  • Toothaches
  • Muscle spasms
  • Jaw pain and tenderness
  • Pain while biting and chewing
  • Joint locking
  • Chronic migraines and headaches

Many patients may not realize they have TMD because symptoms can occur at night. However, waking up with a toothache, headache, or jaw pain can be an indicator.

Contact Horizon Family Dental Care if you have noticed any of these signs. We can help determine if your problems are caused by a TMJ disorder. Our goal is to help you treat your pain and restore function to your teeth and joints.

TMJ Treatment in Baltimore, MD

There is no one treatment for TMD. A combination of treatments can help reduce your symptoms. Our office may recommend these treatments for TMJ disorders:

TMJ Nightguards

Nightguards are the best option for patients with TMJ disorders who clench and grind their teeth at night. In our office, we can take impressions of their teeth to create customized nightguards to protect them from further wear and tear.

The nightguard covers the upper or lower teeth to ensure the lower jaw moves forward. The acrylic material prevents patients from the need to clench or grind their teeth.

These nightguards also alleviate stress on the jaw and help position the teeth more comfortably. With a custom mouthguard worn at night, patients can stop headaches, tooth wear, and teeth grinding at the source.

Restorative and Cosmetic Treatment

We can provide dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and tooth crowns for patients with chips, cracks, or worn areas of their tooth enamel. Our office uses these cosmetic and restorative treatments after patients stop grinding their teeth.

Fixing areas of tooth damage not only improves the look of the smile but also creates a uniform and comfortable bite. An even bite can reduce jaw pain and headaches.

Exercises

We recommend jaw and face exercises for patients with very mild TMJ symptoms. Gently exercising the TMJ joints and minimizing stress can be viable options for some patients.

Patients often learn these exercises from a physical therapist. During physical therapy, you can learn exercises to release tension in the arms, shoulders, neck, and face. A physical therapist can also provide massage and heat to relax the face and jaw.

Treat Painful TMJ Symptoms

Do you suffer from teeth grinding? Does your jaw pop or click when you eat? Our dentists can help you treat your TMJ dysfunction. Schedule an appointment with us online. We provide TMJ treatment in Baltimore, MD. Our office also treats patients in Clinton, Hanover, and La Plata.

If you have questions about TMJ treatment, let us know at your next visit. We’re here to help.