TMJ Treatment – Ormond Beach, FL

Helping You Find a Solution for Jaw Pain

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Around 10 million Americans have a TMJ disorder. If you have this condition, then you may be experiencing a number of uncomfortable symptoms such as chronic pain in your jaws. While you may think you can force yourself to live with a TMJ disorder, there’s no need to do so; Dr. Nawrocki and Dr. Dennis can determine what’s causing your problem and help you find a way to deal with the discomfort. Reach out today if you would like more information about the different types of TMJ treatment available at our office.

Why Choose Brown & Nawrocki Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry for TMJ Treatment?

  • Personalized, Comfortable Deprogrammers
  • Treatments for Relieving Pain
  • Compassionate Dental Team

What Is TMJ Disorder?

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The term TMJ disorder can refer to a number of issues involving the temporomandibular joint (TMJ for short) that is responsible for the movement of your jawbone. The purpose of the TMJ is to give your jaw the mobility it needs for everyday activities like speaking and chewing. If the TMJ becomes overworked or is injured in some manner, a TMJ disorder may occur. This condition is more common in women than men, and it often affects individuals in the age range of 20 to 40 years old.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

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Pain that occurs in your jaw or the muscles on the side of your face could indicate that you have a TMJ disorder. Additional symptoms may include the following:

  • Headaches or migraines.
  • Pain in your neck.
  • Having trouble chewing.
  • A popping sensation or clicking sound in your jaw.
  • Having trouble moving your mouth.

When you visit our office to see if you have a TMJ disorder, please describe all of the symptoms that you’ve noticed. The more information we have, the easier it will be to narrow down the underlying source of your pain.

Types of TMJ Treatment

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Our team will personalize your TMJ treatment plan according to the specifics of your situation. We’ll walk you through the different kinds of treatments we offer, then recommend the one that we feel is the best choice for your specific case. Below you’ll find the various potential solutions for TMJ disorder available at Brown & Nawrocki Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry.

Deprogrammers for TMJ Treatment

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The deprogrammer is a removable retainer-like appliance that allows us to evaluate the stability of your bite. Every time you chew or swallow, you must adapt your jaw to the best fit for your teeth. If this fit is not ideal for your jaw joint and muscles, you will be at a higher risk of experiencing facial pain as well as worn, broken, or loose teeth.

The deprogrammer removes the influence of your teeth from your chewing system by preventing them from interlocking and reinforcing the position of your existing bite. This allows your lower jaw to relax into a more comfortable position. Once your lower jaw has fully relaxed, we will be able to provide you with treatment options for maintaining your bite in this new, more comfortable position.

Equilibration/Occlusal Adjustment

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An uneven bite can stop your jaw muscles from fully relaxing, and it can put an excessive amount of strain on the TMJs. Luckily, with an occlusal adjustment, we can make a few minor changes to your teeth to help them fit together properly. The goal is to ensure that there is even contact between the upper and lower arches of teeth when the mouth is closed, which is a major step forward to finding relief from your TMJ disorder.


TMJ Treatment FAQs

So, maybe you’re considering a TMJ treatment. That’s a good move – you could trust the procedure to help with jaw issues! Still, you likely have concerns about how it all works. After all, you want to know what you’re getting into. Well, our office is here to help: Below are some oft-asked TMJ questions and their answers. Should you read them, you’ll see what our treatment entails. If you need other facts, though, feel free to call our office!

How Long Does TMJ Treatment Take?

As done by a medical professional, TMJ treatment varies in length. Its final timeline depends on the specific procedure you get.

Of course, a dentist can offer a rough estimate based on your situation. If you get orthodontic treatment for TMJ, the process can take 18 months on average. Meanwhile, occlusal adjustment often takes one, two, or even three appointments. These visits can also get spaced weeks apart. (Still, each session is relatively brief.)

For an exact treatment timeline, consult with your dentist. They’ll assess your TMJ problem’s severity and offer an informed estimate.

Does Occlusal Adjustment for TMJ Hurt?

Rest assured: occlusal adjustment itself doesn’t hurt. Your dentist will ensure every step of it is smooth. No matter the changes made to align your teeth and jaws, you should feel fine.

For starters, your dentist may numb your mouth beforehand. (They’re likely to do so if your TMJ issue is severe.) This measure will ensure you don’t sense pain from their work.

More crucially, the adjustment will relieve your pre-existing pain. By removing bits of enamel, it’ll ease the pressure on your jaw joints. The result will be a major reduction in your discomfort.

Is BOTOX for TMJ Safe?

True enough, BOTOX relies on botulinum toxin – a substance that can cause a life-threatening reaction. However, it’s a very safe treatment when done by qualified specialists. These professionals only inject small doses, thus ensuring you don’t have complications.

Plus, BOTOX’s risks and side effects are minor and temporary at most. They’re only things like slight bruising at the injection site, headaches, mild nausea, or flu-like symptoms. (After all, the injections are non-surgical and minimally invasive.) There’s very little chance of anything more serious occurring. As such, it’s still worthwhile to choose BOTOX for TMJ relief.

Can TMJ Be Cured Permanently?

While TMJ issues can fade on their own, they rarely do so. It’s better to see a professional for care. Depending on your procedure, your jaw joints will have lasting relief.

If you want a permanent cure, options like BOTOX aren’t a good fit. They can only provide temporary relief at most. As such, they’d require you to attend follow-up visits for re-treatments.

In contrast, deprogrammers and occlusal adjustment could work out. These options permanently address jaw tension, misalignment, and other causes of TMD. Consequently, they’ll give your jaw an enduring end to its pain.