TMJ Treatment Baltimore, MD

The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) connects the jawbone to the skull. This joint gives your jaw a wide range of motion. Temporomandibular joint disorders, or TMD, are conditions that affect the function of the jaw joint and the surrounding muscles. TMD can cause pain and discomfort and affect your quality of life.

TMJ disorders affect millions of people, causing painful symptoms. Horizon Family Dental Care offers TMJ treatment in Baltimore, MD, for patients who suffer from this condition. Some factors may contribute to the development of TMJ disorders:

TMJ treatment in Baltimore, MD

What Causes My TMJ Disorder?

Many things can trigger a TMJ disorder. However, the true causes are still not full understood. The following conditions and factors may contribute to the development of TMJ disorders:

  • Trauma or injury to the jaw joint or the muscles surrounding it.
  • Arthritis, which can cause inflammation and damage to the joint.
  • Stress or anxiety, which can cause clenching or grinding of the teeth, leading to muscle tension in the jaw.
  • Misaligned bite, teeth, or jaw, which can cause the muscles and joints to work harder to bring the jaw into position.

What are the Symptoms of TMJ Disorders?

The symptoms of a TMJ disorder can be painful and affect your life. Symptoms can be mild or intense and complex to manage. The signs of a TMJ disorder are similar to those of other medical conditions. Diagnosing some patients can be difficult for this reason.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with your Baltimore dentist if you suffer from some of the following TMJ symptoms:

  • Jaw pain or tenderness in the joints and muscles around the jaw
  • Difficulty or discomfort when opening or closing the mouth
  • Clicking sounds, popping, or grating sounds when moving the jaw
  • Aching pain in or around the ear
  • Headaches or neck pain
  • Grinding teeth at night or teeth clenching
  • Changes in the way the teeth fit together

Review your TMJ Treatment Option

If you have symptoms of TMJ disorder, your dentist will examine your teeth and jaw and discuss your lifestyle habits. Your dentist can suggest the best treatment to relieve your TMJ symptoms. Ultimately, the best way to treat TMJ disorders is to rest the jaw joints as much as possible.

However, we understand this may be hard, and some damage may have already occurred. A common sign of TMJ is teeth grinding. This habit alone can create a lot of damage to your teeth. After your exam, your dentist may recommend any of the following to treat your TMJ:

Oral Appliance Therapy

A dental oral appliance is a tool that dentists use to help patients who suffer from teeth grinding. A common cause or symptom of TMJ disorders is teeth grinding or clenching.

Often referred to as a nightguard, a TMJ mouthguard is worn while you sleep. We custom-make it so that it fits snuggly in your mouth. The appliance will keep your jaw in the proper position while you sleep to prevent grinding and relieve tension on the jaw joints. To learn more about how mouthguards can treat teeth grinding, visit Custom Mouthguards.

Restorative Dentistry

For patients with tooth damage from constant teeth grinding, we offer several restorative dentistry treatments to fix the damage. Constant grinding and clenching can lead to worn, chipped, or cracked teeth. Restorative treatment includes dental crowns, tooth bonding, dental veneers, or other necessary dental treatments. Learn more about our various restorative treatments by visiting Restorative Dentistry.

Invisalign

If your teeth are crooked or out of alignment, you may benefit from Invisalign. This clear aligner orthodontic treatment can slowly bring your teeth into proper alignment. Invisalign is discreet and more comfortable than normal brackets. Learn how Invisalign treatment works by visiting Invisalign.

Additional Treatments

Your dentist will also discuss things you can do at home to reduce the tension you put on your jaw. Specific lifestyle changes may be all you need to rest your jaw. Your dentist may suggest avoiding chewy foods, focusing on soft foods, reducing stress, and using relaxation techniques. However, in some cases, you may require advanced treatment such as muscle relaxants or even surgery.


TMJ disorders can be very painful and interfere with your quality of life. Our Baltimore dental team can help you find relief from the painful symptoms. To learn more about our TMJ treatments in Baltimore, MD, schedule an appointment in our Baltimore dental office today.