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TMJ Therapy – Jacksonville, FL

Put an End to the Discomfort of TMJ Dysfunction

Do you have a clicking noise when you eat? Does your jaw sometimes “lock” into place while talking? Are there times when you get severe headaches for no reason? There are so many symptoms of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD). This painful condition is more common in women than men, but it can oftentimes be treated simply and predictably. Dr. Larry Young has completed advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of TMD, and he incorporates these protocols into every new patient exam. If you want to put an end to the discomfort of TMJ dysfunction, contact our office!

What is TMJ Disorder?

Woman holding head with TMJ dysfunction in Jacksonville

You may spend most of your life unaware of the important triangular-shaped joints located in front of your ears. Lined with cartilage, the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) move with a smooth, gliding motion. Under normal conditions, they join your lower jaw and temporal bone, allowing your mouth to open and close easily. However, stress or a misaligned bite can cause dysfunction in these joints, exposing nerve endings and creating pain, which is called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ disorder or TMD). In fact, the TMJ is highly sensitive to overall physical, emotional, and psychological stress. A little extra stress or fatigue or a minor change in your bite may temporarily knock your whole TMJ system out of balance. 

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

Woman with headache from TMJ dysfunction in Jacksonville

There are numerous signs and symptoms that can occur in patients suffering from TMD. Here are just some of the most common:

  • Headaches and Migraines: TMD is one of the most undiagnosed causes of frequent headaches and migraines. When the jaw muscles become tense, strained, and overworked, the nearby muscles in your head can be affected.
  • Ear Pain and Tinnitus: Because the TMJ is located so close to the ears, having a dysfunctional joint can easily lead to ear pain. TMD can also cause patients to experience a constant tone or ringing in the ears.
  • Face and Jaw Pain: Jaw stiffness and pain are the most common symptoms associated with TMD. It can be difficult to chew comfortably, and lockjaw can occur when attempting to open or close the mouth. Pain can range anywhere from a constant, dull ache to flashes of sharp pain.
  • Bruxism: Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, can be caused by daily stress, a misaligned bite, or TMD. It primarily occurs while sleeping. As a result, the enamel is worn down and the jaw muscles are overworked.

Types of TMJ Treatment

Patient at dentist for TMJ therapy in Jacksonville

Depending on the underlying cause of your TMD and the severity of symptoms, a plan can be created to provide you with some relief. Here are a few of the more common options that can help:

Lifestyle Changes

Woman resting to improve TMD in Jacksonville

Since many factors can contribute to the manifestation of TMJ disorder, we can help you make small lifestyle changes with significant results. Once we’ve had a chance to evaluate your jaw health and potential causes, we may recommend simple solutions such as:

  • Strategies for alleviating stress
  • Symptom relief measures
  • Better nutrition for faster joint healing
  • Methods for improving posture and bite alignment

Physiologic Bite Appliance

Man putting in nightguard for TMD in Jacksonville

To reduce the unpleasant symptoms of TMD, we may recommend that you are fitted for a physiologic bite appliance. Once placed in the mouth, it will act to shift your jaw into its ideal position and relieve your joints of additional stress and strain. This will also protect your teeth from the harmful effects of grinding and clenching your teeth over time.

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