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Temporo-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome

TMJ Treatment in Castle Rock

Temporo-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome (TMJ) is a common condition affecting a wide variety of people. TMJ is characterized by severe headaches, jaw pain of varying degrees, grinding teeth, and an intermittent ringing in the ears. The vast majority of TMJ sufferers are unaware that the root cause of these problems is something that an oral surgeon can effectively treat.

The symptoms of TMJ are debilitating and can greatly interfere with everyday life. The comfort and general well-being of the patient is at the heart of our practice, so pain relief is the first consideration. Dr. Bandrowsky is able to test, diagnose, and devise an immediate plan to treat the underlying causes of the TMJ disorder.

The causes of TMJ are varied and multifactorial. A bad bite, previous trauma, nocturnal clenching or grinding can cause symptoms. It has also recently been found that the use of SNRI and SSRI antidepressants can precipitate clenching and grinding in previously asymptomatic patients.

TMJ sufferers report that their symptoms generally worsen during periods of prolonged or unexpected stress, and that intense outbreaks of the condition can lead to neck pain and dizziness. The grinding teeth symptom is particularly common and usually occurs at night. The grinding will eventually erode the structure of the teeth and lead to much more severe dental problems in the future such as fractured teeth. 

TMJ Treatment

Since TMJ could be a result of several different problems, or a combination of problems, the treatments vary based on the presenting symptoms. Initially, the oral surgeon will thoroughly examine the jaw area, the patients bite, take x-rays and a CT scan if necessary, and review the patient’s history in order to make an accurate diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan.

Once a diagnosis is attained, there are several ways in which relief can be provided:

  • Oral appliances- an oral appliance is a plastic guard that fits over the upper or lower teeth and is specially molded to help stop teeth grinding.
  • Medical Management- Dr. Bandrowsky may use prescription medications and can provide advice on relaxation techniques which will lessen the effects of stress.
  • Botox injections- Botox can relieve soreness, pain and tension in the afflicted areas by halting signals that travel between the nerves and muscles, inducing relaxation of the facial muscle targeted for treatment. This relaxation of the muscles may last for up to three months, allowing the patient to experience relief from symptoms. It is possible that additional treatments may be needed after the 3 month period. View our Botox specials!

If you are experiencing any symptoms of TMJ, we encourage you to contact our office today to schedule an appointment