Understanding TMJD and Treatment Options

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD) is a condition that affects the jaw joint, the muscles responsible for moving it and associated nerves and blood vessels. Chittenden Dental is a practice in Burlington that can help.

This condition can cause discomfort, pain, tinnitus, clicking or popping sounds when the jaw is moved as well as locking TMJD is commonly caused by bruxism, which is the clenching and grinding of teeth that can be related to an airway challenge as well as a side effect of several commonly used drugs. It can also be caused by injury to the jaw or head or a misaligned bite.

Diagnosis and Symptoms of TMJD

Diagnosis of TMJD typically involves a physical and CBCT (3D) examination of the jaw joint and muscles, as well as a review of the patient’s medical history.

Symptoms of TMJD include pain or tenderness in the jaw joint or muscles, difficulty chewing, aching pain around the ear, clicking or popping sounds when opening or closing the mouth, a feeling of tiredness or fatigue in the face, lockjaw or ringing of the ears.

Treatment Options for TMJD

Dr. Mike Morrise explains that there are several treatment options for TMJD in Burlington, including oral appliance therapy, medication, and myofunctional therapy.

One type of oral appliance therapy is MAGO therapy. MAGO is an acronym: Maxillary Anterior Guided Orthotic.  It is a removable device that helps to stabilize the jaw and remove pressure on the joint, as it allows the TMJs to function normally.

An additional adjunctive treatment for TMJD is medication. This can include over-the-counter pain relievers or prescription medication to reduce inflammation and relieve pain as well as Valium to allow for relaxation of the muscles and for patients to rest.

Myofunctional therapy can also be effective in treating TMJD, as it can help to improve jaw function and reduce muscle tension by using neurological reprogramming to teach the muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves how to function normally again.  This is a conservative and effective treatment that has other benefits such as airway improvement, treatment of snoring otherwise known as sleep apnea and swallowing issues.

Bioesthetic Dentistry

Dr. Mike Morris, a bioesthetic dentist in Burlington, offers a unique approach to treating TMJD through bioesthetic dentistry.

This approach involves a comprehensive evaluation of the bite, jaw joint, and muscles to identify the root cause.

Dr. Morris believes that a healthy bite, TMJs and a normal airway are all essential for overall health and well-being. By addressing the underlying causes of TMJD, he is able to provide long-term relief for his patients.

Help for TMJD in Burlington

TMJD can be a painful and debilitating condition, but there are effective treatment options available. Some people lose hope, but Chittenden Dental can restore that hope and provide definitive treatment options that work for the longterm to restore optimal function and to eliminate pain.

Dr. Mike Morris, a bioesthetic dentist in Burlington, offers a unique approach to treating TMJD through bioesthetic dentistry.

By addressing the underlying causes Dr. Morris is able to provide long-term relief for his patients.

If you are someone you know is suffering schedule an appointment. Dr. Morris is ready to help ease your situation with solutions that work. Send a direct message and make an appointment today.


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