The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) joins the lower jaw to the skull. It works like a sliding hinge and allows you to eat, talk, laugh, and yawn. If the TMJ is not working correctly, it may result in pain in the joint and the muscles that control jaw movement. This dysfunction is referred to as a TMJ disorder. Though stress could be a significant factor, the exact cause of TMJ disorders is not known. Additionally, arthritis, genetics, or jaw injury could also be responsible for TMJ discomfort. The clenching and grinding of teeth generally present this condition. If left untreated, TMJ disorders could damage the oral structures. At Mark J. Escoto, DDS in Las Vegas, NV 89117, we provide various therapies to provide you relief from your TMJ disorder symptoms.
What Are the Signs of TMJ Disorder?
- Jaw pain on mouth opening or closing
- Limited mouth opening
- Chewing difficulty or opening your mouth
- Facial pain or soreness
- Jaw locking, locked mouth
- Headaches, ear or neck pain
- Joint clicking or popping sounds
- Tingling sensation or stuffiness in the ears
How TMJ Disorders Are Diagnosed and Treated?
TMJ treatment begins with a comprehensive evaluation to check your teeth, jaw, bite joints, and face. During your appointment, Dr. Mark J. Escoto will check for pain and tenderness, as well as listen for popping or clicking noises when you open and close your mouth, chew, or swallow. A night guard or bite splint is often recommended as the preliminary treatment if the disorder is diagnosed.
Treatment and Relief
Our treatment application involves nightguards, custom-created plastic mouthpieces designed to fit over your upper or lower teeth. These devices prevent the grinding and clenching that often causes or worsens TMJ. The nightguard also realigns the jaw, removing stress from the surrounding area.
Alternative Treatment Options
If a misaligned bite or missing teeth cause your symptoms, Dr. Mark J. Escoto may recommend orthodontics or restorative dental work. If your bite puts undue pressure on the TMJs, we may recommend reshaping individual teeth to redistribute the bite force evenly.
Botox for TMJ Treatment
Botox® is a highly effective treatment for muscle-related TMJ pain. Our dentist, Dr. Mark J. Escoto, injects Botox® into overly tight, painful facial muscles to relax these areas, and ease the TMJ discomfort. These injections also decrease nighttime clenching force, which also reduces daytime TMJ pain. The Botox® treatments' effects typically last three to four months and are repeated as necessary. Some of you may only need Botox® injection once, while others who are highly stressed may need it on and off for life.
To learn more about our TMJ therapies, visit Mark J. Escoto, DDS at 2650 Lake Sahara Dr #120, Las Vegas, NV 89117. You can also reachDentist in Las Vegas, NV at (702) 256-5353 and schedule an online appointment.