TMJ Treatment in North Scottsdale, AZ

What Is TMJ?

TMJ is short for temporomandibular joint disorder. TMJ is a painful condition that affects the small, delicate joints that connect your jaw to your skull. These joints are located just below both of your ears. TMJ sufferers feel this pain when these joints become inflamed, damaged, or otherwise do not function properly, this can cause a wide range of TMJ symptoms.

This includes headaches and migraines, jaw pain, problems opening and closing your jaw properly, and more. If you think that you may have TMJ in North Scottsdale, Dr. Nataliya Rozenfeld can help you get the treatment you need at Omni Dental Studio. Contact us now to schedule a consultation, and take the first steps toward eliminating your TMJ pain.

TMJ Treatment in Scottsdale

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TMJ is the most common among people between the ages of 20-40, and it’s also more common in women than it is in men.

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How It Works: The TMJ Treatment Process

Consultation and diagnosis

To begin the treatment process, Dr. Rozenfeld will meet with you to perform an oral exam, take x-rays, discuss your pain and condition, and find out which treatment is right for you.

Creating your treatment plan

Depending on your condition, your North Scottsdale TMJ dentist may recommend Botox or a night guard to help with your TMJ. TMJ can be caused by lots of different things, so the proper treatment varies for each patient.

Lifestyle changes

There are some lifestyle changes that can help reduce pain and eliminate TMJ, such as managing stress properly, eating softer foods, and avoiding things that can stress your jaw, like clenching your teeth and chewing gum.

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Night Guards

Night guards are a common treatment for TMJ. Night guards help cushion your teeth and protect them against teeth grinding, which is a very common cause of temporomandibular joint disorder.

Night guards that are specifically designed for TMJ can also be used to reposition your jaws slightly when you sleep, resulting in reduced stress on your jaw joints, and a more natural position that promotes healing. Contact your dentist in Scottsdale, AZ for more information on night guards.

Botox Injections

Botox is a very effective treatment for TMJ. Botox for TMJ is administered directly to certain muscles in your face, such as the masseter or temporalis muscles. Botox partially paralyzes these muscles, temporarily reducing muscle tension and relieving pain and discomfort.

The specific injection sites, injection schedule, and other details about your Botox treatment will vary, depending on the specifics of your condition. For more information about Botox and TMJ treatment, you can contact Omni Dental Studio and schedule a consultation with Dr. Rozenfeld.

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What Causes TMJ Or Teeth Grinding?

Lots of different things can cause TMJ and teeth grinding. Stress is one common factor, since this can result in uncontrolled grinding and clenching, which may put stress on your jaw muscles.

However, lots of other things can cause or contribute to TMJ disorder, too. Jaw overuse, like chewing lots of tough foods or chewing gum, can cause TMJ disorder. Direct trauma to your jaw can also damage your jaw joints, and TMJ can also be caused by some other medical conditions such as arthritis.

Can TMJ Cause Headaches?

Yes. TMJ is a very common cause of headaches and migraines. If you have TMJ disorder, you may feel pain and discomfort under your ears, which can radiate to your temples and other parts of your head. If you're experiencing lots of headaches as well as other symptoms like jaw soreness, problems opening your mouth properly, or pain when biting and chewing, you may have TMJ or temporomandibular disorder.

My jaw hurts during my dental appointment, can sedation help? 

Some patients with TMJ disorder may be more prone to experiencing jaw pain or discomfort during dental procedures, especially if they have to keep their mouth open for an extended period of time. In these cases, sedation dentistry may be a helpful option to help the patient feel more relaxed and reduce muscle tension in the jaw.

It's worth noting that some types of sedation dentistry, such as IV sedation or general anesthesia, may not be recommended for patients with severe TMJ disorder, as they can further aggravate the condition. It's important for patients with TMJ disorder to discuss their options with their dentist or oral surgeon and make sure that any sedation used during dental procedures is tailored to their specific needs and medical history.