TMJ Treatment in Ogden
If you are experiencing symptoms of TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, Dr. Jim Ellis can help. He is a highly experienced dentist who specializes in treating TMJ. He will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs.
Dr. Ellis uses a variety of different techniques to treat TMJ, including dental appliances, Botox injections, and oral surgery. He will also guide you on how to manage your symptoms and avoid further damage to your TMJ.
Dr. Ellis provides high-quality TMJ treatment at a fair price, so you can get the care you need without breaking the bank.
If you are suffering from TMJ, call Dr. Jim Ellis today at (801) 394-4519 to schedule an appointment.
What is Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction?
The temporomandibular joint is the hinge connecting the lower jaw to the skull. When this joint is not functioning properly, it can cause various problems, including pain, clicking or popping sounds when you move your jaw, and difficulty opening or closing your mouth. This condition is commonly referred to as TMJ or TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction).
What Causes TMJ?
There is no single cause of TMJ. In many cases, it is the result of multiple factors, including clenching or grinding your teeth, misalignment of the teeth or jaw, arthritis, stress, and injury.
The most common symptom of TMJ is pain. This pain can be a dull ache or a sharp, shooting pain. You may feel it in your jaw, ear, face, or neck.
Other common symptoms include:
- Clicking or popping sounds when you move your jaw
- Difficulty opening or closing your mouth
- Pain when chewing
- Swelling on the side of your face
- Tenderness or pain in your jaw muscles
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, Dr. Ellis will work with you to create a treatment plan specific to your needs.
TMJ Treatment Options
TMJ treatment will vary depending on the underlying cause of the problem.
In some cases, simple at-home measures, such as ice packs and over-the-counter pain relievers, may be all that is needed to relieve symptoms. In other cases, more aggressive treatment, such as mouth guards or surgery, may be necessary.
Dr. Ellis will work with you to find the best treatment for your needs. Some common treatment options include:
Night guards: Also called occlusal splints or bite plates, night guards are custom-made devices that fit over the teeth. They work by redistributing the biting force and evenly distributing the pressure on the TMJ.
Mouthguards: Mouthguards are also custom-made devices that fit over the teeth. Unlike night guards, which are meant to be worn at night, mouthguards can be worn during the day and are often used by people who participate in contact sports.
Oral surgery: In some cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the alignment of the jaw or to repair damage to the TMJ.
Medications: Over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers can help to ease the pain associated with TMJ.
Botox injections: Botox can help to relax the muscles that are causing pain.
Orthodontics: In some cases, orthodontic treatment may be necessary to correct the alignment of the teeth.
Exercises: Specific exercises may help to stretch and strengthen the muscles around the jaw.
Stress reduction: Stress can aggravate TMJ symptoms, so finding ways to reduce stress may help to reduce or prevent symptoms. relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation, or simply taking time out for yourself each day to do something you enjoy, can help to reduce stress and ease TMJ symptoms.
Cold packs: Applying a cold pack to the affected area for 10-15 minutes at a time can also help to reduce pain and inflammation.
Massage: Massaging the jaw muscles can sometimes help relieve pain and tension.
Call Dr. Jim Ellis, D.D.S., at (801) 394-4519 for TMJ Treatment in Ogden, Utah
If you are experiencing pain or other problems with your TMJ, call Dr. Jim Ellis in Ogden to schedule an appointment. Dr. Ellis will work with you to find the best treatment for your needs.
Schedule your appointment today.