TMJ/TMD Treatment
in Modesto

Get Help For Your Jaw Pain & Discomfort

If you are experiencing serious jaw pain in Modesto, something is definitely wrong with your mouth, and it’s important to get help from Dr. Corey Acree at Downey Park Family Dental. You may be suffering from TMJ/TMD, a common jaw disorder that can cause serious pain and complications if it’s left untreated. Learn more below, or contact us now for a consultation.

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What is TMJ/TMD?

The terms TMJ and TMD are used synonymously to refer to a jaw condition known as “temporomandibular joint disorder.” 

The temporomandibular joint is located just beneath each of your ears. It’s responsible for connecting your jaw to your skull, so it’s an important part of your anatomy, and is used when you chew, eat, yawn, speak, and more. 

As the name suggests, TMJ/TMD occurs when this small, delicate joint becomes damaged or inflamed. This can be caused by direct trauma, such as a blow to the head. Other causes of TMJ/TMD include jaw overuse (clenching or chewing gum excessively, for example), and inflammatory conditions like arthritis. 

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TMJ/TMD Treatment Options

There are a lot of different ways to treat TMJ/TMD, depending on the cause of your temporomandibular joint disorder. Surgery is sometimes required, but is quite rare for most patients. Typically, patients at Downey Park Family Dental can resolve their TMJ/TMD with:

  • Lifestyle changes & physical therapy – In some cases, lifestyle changes can be very helpful for TMJ/TMD. For example, if you grind your teeth and this contributes to your TMJ/TMD, taking steps to de-stress and avoid clenching your mouth can help with TMJ/TMD.

    Physical therapy including jaw stretches and exercises sometimes may also be recommended, and can be helpful when recovering from TMJ/TMD.
  • Oral appliance therapy – This type of treatment uses a specially-made “oral appliance,” which looks sort of like a night guard for teeth grinding. This appliance is built to shift your jaws into a healthier position when you sleep, promoting healing of your temporomandibular joint. Along with medications like muscle relaxants, lifestyle changes and physical therapy, this may be enough to resolve TMJ/TMD. 

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