The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw with your skull. This joint allows you to move your jaw so that you can talk, chew, and yawn. Each TMJ has a disc between the ball and socket that cushions the load of the joint. Any issues with the joint and the muscles associated with it are TMJ disorders.
Causes of TMJ
The following are common causes of TMJ disorders:
- Grinding or clenching the teeth
- Movement of the disc between the ball and socket of the TMJ
- Arthritis in the TMJ
- Stress, which can cause you to tighten the muscles in the face and jaw
If you have any of the following symptoms, Dr. McKinley and Dr. Holloway may provide TMJ treatment in Shelby Township, Michigan:
- Pain in the face, jaw joint, neck and shoulders, or around the ear when you move your jaw
- Issues when you open your mouth wide
- Jaws that lock open or shut
- Clicking sounds in the TMJ when you open or close your mouth
- A sudden uncomfortable bite
- Swelling on the side of your face
Depending on your specific case and needs, our dentists may utilize the TENS unit or BEMER therapy to treat your TMJ disorders.
TMJ Treatment Shelby Township, MI
At our office, we use the Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation (TENS) unit to combat TMJ disorders. This high-quality technology uses electronic muscle therapy to provide pain relief and muscle tone. The TENS unit can also help us to diagnose your bite to determine which types of TMJ treatment are best for you.
Our dentists are also proud to utilize BEMER therapy when treating TMJ disorders. This technology improves the blood flow of the patient, thus improving the health and mobility of the jaw. BEMER therapy has been found to have the following benefits for TMJ patients:
- Tension relief
- Improved mobility
- Improved sleep
- Reduction or elimination of pain and muscle spasms
- Reduction of teeth grinding
- Stress reduction
Benefits of Treatment
There are many benefits to choosing TMJ treatment from our office. Treating TMJ disorders can relieve chronic discomfort in the jaw, neck, shoulders, and upper back. TMJ treatment can also provide headache relief. Our treatment can also prevent dental damage, as TMJ disorders are often linked with bruxism, or teeth grinding and clenching.
We invite you to contact our office at 586-685-0880 today to learn more and set up an appointment.