Get Relief with TMJ Treatment

If you suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), you understand how painful the condition can be. While most people never think about their temporomandibular joint, it connects the jaw to the skull allowing you to open and close your mouth to eat and speak. The joint itself moves in many different directions, making it extremely complex. When there are problems with the joints or muscles around it, it can cause TMJ disorder. At Dr. Bostani’s Advanced Dental in Burbank, California, our experienced team can determine the source of your TMJ pain to treat it.

What Causes TMJ

Since TMJ can have a wide range of underlying causes, here are some of the most common:

  • Bite misalignment
  • Tooth misalignment
  • Worn down teeth
  • Injury to the jaw or teeth
  • Bruxism (grinding and clenching)
  • Frequently biting on hard objects
  • Arthritis
  • Stress

One of the most important things a patient with TMJ disorder can do is to learn methods for relieving stress on the jaw. Patients should practice relaxing the face and jaw and keeping the lips together without clenching the teeth. It can also help to massage the jaw gently or around the temples to relax the TMJs. If you frequently clench your teeth, chew gum, or chew on other hard objects, quitting these habits can also provide relief. Managing stress is another way to alleviate symptoms of TMJ.

Learning how to relax will help relieve tension in the jaw muscles which can exacerbate symptoms.

At our office, we offer a comprehensive approach to treating TMJ disorder which includes lifestyle changes along with other types of therapies that may include:

  • Orthodontic treatment for individuals with misalignment of the bite or teeth
  • Custom oral appliance therapy which reduces the tension on the jaw
  • Medications to alleviate symptoms or relax the muscles of the jaw
  • Jaw exercises to improve movement in the joint

Find relief by talking to your Burbank, California TMJ Dentist

At Dr. Bostani’s Advanced Dental in Burbank, California, our team is ready to answer your questions and recommend effective treatment options that will greatly improve your quality of life. To schedule your appointment, please give us a call today at (818) 918-5533.