TMJ Treatment Westborough, MA

TMJ Treatment An Overview

“TMJ” has become the catch-all term used to describe a range of symptoms that are the result of a bite disorder, or temporomandibular disorder (TMD). The variety of causes, wide ranging symptoms and complexity of the masticatory system can make diagnosis and treatment of TMJ challenging for both dentist and patient. Dr. Tufa works with patients who suffer from the common signs of a bite disorder on an individual basis to identify and address underlying dental problems and possible structural concerns related to the jaw joints for the best possible outcome and relief from discomfort.

Common Symptoms of TMJ

Patients with TMJ often experience one or more of these common symptoms:

  • Jaw pain, clicking or popping jaw
  • Frequent headaches, temporal pain
  • Difficulty chewing comfortably
  • Ear pain, ringing in the ears
  • Neck, shoulder pain or tension

If you experience any of these symptoms or are concerned that you may have a bite disorder, discuss your concerns with Dr. Tufa at your next dental appointment or schedule a consultation to evaluate your oral health. Prompt and effective treatment can often avoid permanent joint damage.

TMJ Treatment What to Expect

Dr. Tufa will evaluate the function of your bite and discuss any discomfort you may be experiencing as part of diagnosing the underlying cause of a TMJ related disorder. There is a range of possible causes for a bite problem, from malocclusion to trauma to genetics affecting the development of the jaw. Recommended treatment is dependent upon existing tooth damage, the condition and function of your bite.

Treating TMJ in Westborough

The most conservative and first line of treatment in a majority of cases is the use of a night guard to reposition the jaw and prevent teeth grinding, a common symptom. Custom made, a night guard fits snugly over the teeth much like a mouth guard worn for sports and can be worn nightly or when feeling stressed to avoid tooth damage.

To address tooth damage or to adjust the fit of the bite, Dr. Tufa may recommend restorative treatments such as tooth bonding, dental crowns and inlay or onlays. Crooked teeth can also be the cause of a bite problem and straightening the teeth with orthodontics can restore balance to the bite while addressing discomfort and bite dysfunction.

Why choose Westborough Dental?