TMJ Disorder Treatment Jacksonville And Live Oak Florida Dentists

The main goal of TMJ disorder treatment is to alleviate the pain and discomfort felt as a result of dysfunctional temporomandibular joints. Non-invasive, non-surgical approaches commonly used by our Jacksonville and Live Oak, FL, dentists include lifestyle changes, such as stress management and dietary adjustments, along with physical therapy, jaw exercises, and the use of oral appliances like bite splints.

Here’s how we treat a TMJ disorder and help you find relief.

What Does a Temporomandibular Joint Do?

Technically, everyone has two temporomandibular joints with one being on each side of your jaw. When everything is working how it should, these joints connect your jawbone to your skull and help move it up and down when you’re speaking and eating. Problems that occur in this area are then described as TMJ disorders and can range in severity.

If you’re experiencing repeated jaw pain, it’s worth having our staff investigate so you can move on from the discomfort. Once you’re in for an appointment, our dentists will perform an oral exam and ask you several screening questions to confirm the diagnosis. We’ll then develop a treatment plan that involves at-home care as well as periodic checkups to monitor your condition.

Symptoms of a TMJ Disorder

Most patients with TMJ pain do not require surgical intervention though the discomfort can feel fairly intense at times. It’s hard to say what the true cause of someone’s TMJ disorder is as genetics, jaw injuries, and arthritis are sometimes all at play.

Common signs that may point to a TMJ disorder include:

  • Jaw tenderness, soreness, or pain
  • Pain specifically around one or both jaw joints
  • Trouble chewing or pain while chewing
  • Aching feeling in face
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty opening or closing your mouth (joints locking in place)
  • Clicking sound when opening your mouth followed by pain

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Fed up with nagging pain in your jaw? Our dentists in Jacksonville and Live Oak, FL, can work with you to find a solution that gets you feeling like yourself again. To request an appointment and discuss further, call one of our Higgins & White Dentistry locations today.

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