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TMJ Treatment in Modesto, CA

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We Can Provide You With TMJ Relief

TMJ Treatment in Modesto, CAThe most widely used joint in the body, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the workhorse for normal, daily oral function. Every time you speak, eat, swallow, yawn, cough or sneeze, this joint located on each side of the face engages to allow for these necessary activities. At times, the TMJ can become painful, the muscles surrounding the joint becoming fatigued and overworked. Functional concerns within the joint itself, such as the bones or cartilaginous disc cushioning them, can also contribute to pain and dysfunction, leaving you extremely uncomfortable and searching for relief. When TMJ pain and discomfort impacts your health and comfort level, visit Brewer Family Dentistry for immediate care and improved jaw function.

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The Problem With TMJ Dysfunction

TMJ Treatment in Modesto, CADisorders of the jaw joint can cause pain and discomfort ranging minor and slightly irritating to severely debilitating. A primary contributor to TMJ dysfunction is bruxism, or the habit of grinding and/or clenching the teeth. Bruxism, typically occurring during sleep, places a great amount of stress on the jaw joints and surrounding muscles and often leads to joint damage, muscle fatigue and tissue inflammation. Consistent grinding of the teeth also causes wear and unevenness on the chewing surfaces, perpetuating the strain on the jaw joints.

Signs and Symptoms of TMJ Problems

  • Jaw, ear or facial pain and discomfort
  • Neck, shoulder or upper back pain and tightness
  • Popping, clicking or grating noises upon opening or closing
  • Difficulty or pain with chewing or swallowing
  • Toothaches, gum tenderness and tooth sensitivity
  • Jaw locking in the open position
  • Limited or restricted jaw movement

Why TMJ Disorders Must Be Addressed

Assessing problems with the jaw joints typically begins with a discussion of contributing factors and whether bruxism plays a role. Failing to address TMJ disorders, even when symptoms are minor, opens up the risk for life-altering pain, the need for jaw joint surgery and diminished enjoyment of everyday living. Bruxism and its effects are often addressed with the fabrication of a nightguard (a custom appliance worn over the teeth to prevent contact while sleeping) and occlusal adjustments (a simple procedure removing interferences in the bite). Other, palliative treatments to alleviate TMJ discomfort include:

  • Warm and cold compresses
  • Anti-inflammation medication
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Injectables
  • Jaw and neck stretches and exercises

When jaw joint problems threaten your oral health, Dr. Dean Brewer and Dr. Amanda Brewer have the solutions you need for comfortable jaw joint function and improved quality of living. Contact Brewer Family Dentistry today to reserve your TMJ and bruxism evaluation.

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