Relieve Jaw Pain with TMJ Disorder Treatment

Do you suffer from jaw pain or clicking and popping sounds when you open your mouth? Symptoms resulting from damage to the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) can range from annoying to debilitating.

TMJ disorder treatment at our Rochester, NY, office can improve these symptoms and more. Dr. Eduardo Torrado uses conservative techniques to treat symptoms of the disorder. In most cases, he will provide a custom-made oral appliance to stop grinding and realign your jaw. In other cases, he may recommend orthodontia or restorative treatment to address a misaligned bite. At Torrado Dental, we will carefully evaluate the health of your jaw and lifestyle needs to determine the most appropriate treatment for you. 

A Closer Look at the Condition

The TMJs attach your jaw to your skull on both sides, allowing you to move your jaw to talk, eat, and more. Patients suffering from TMJ disorder can experience pain on either side of the jaw, which is caused by strain to the TMJs and muscles. TMJ disorder can cause additional side effects such as headaches, pain in the neck, shoulders, and back.

What Causes TMJ Disorder?

TMJ disorder can be caused by damage to the TMJs or due to inflammation of the surrounding muscles and ligaments. This damage can occur because of an accident or blow to the face. More often, however, it arises because of chronic teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism). Similarly, dental misalignment can put extra pressure on your TMJs. The uneven pressure can cause inflammation in the surrounding tissues.

patient with TMD

Are You Suffering from TMJ Disorder?

TMJ disorder is a common condition but often goes undiagnosed. Like many patients, you may be unaware of the symptoms of TMJ disorder. Though you recognize that you are in pain, you assume that you are simply stressed or clenching your teeth. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should contact Dr. Torrado for an evaluation:

  • Jaw pain
  • Chronic headaches
  • A popping or clicking noise when you open your mouth
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Pain in your neck or shoulders
  • Radiating facial pain
  • Ear pain
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Trouble opening and closing your mouth

How Dr. Torrado Treats TMJ Disorder

Dr. Torrado, an experienced prosthodontist, offers non-invasive and highly effective treatment for TMJ disorder. Typically, he will provide a custom-made oral appliance, crafted using precise impressions of your bite. This type of device fits over your teeth to correct your bite and discourage grinding. It will alleviate the pressure on your TMJs, significantly reducing your discomfort. In most cases, you will only need to wear the device at night.

Typically, Dr. Torrado recommends a simple, custom-made oral appliance to relieve the symptoms of TMJ Disorder.

Though oral appliances are the most common treatment for TMJ disorder, Dr. Torrado may recommend restorative dentistry in some cases. Missing teeth redistribute the force along your dental arches and cause a misaligned bite, placing extra pressure on your jaw joints. In these instances, a dental bridge can fill in the gaps in your smile and correct the distribution of force. Similarly, if you have one or more worn teeth, it can affect the balance of your bite. Often, Dr. Torrado will recommend dental crowns to build up worn teeth.

Dr. Torrado may also recommend orthodontic treatment to some patients. Traditional braces or clear aligner trays can straighten your smile and improve the force of your bite. The right option for you will depend on the severity of your dental misalignment, as well as your own personal preferences.

Schedule a TMJ Disorder Consultation

If you are suffering from chronic jaw pain and other symptoms of TMJ disorder, contact Torrado Dental to learn more about your treatment options.