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TMJ Treatment – Joplin, MO

Stop Your Jaw Pain with TMJ Therapy

Does your jaw click or pop when you open and close your mouth? Maybe you suffer from reoccurring headaches without any noticeable cause? You might have a disorder of the temporomandibular joint. The joint connects your jaw to your skull on either side of your face. When it does not function correctly, it can lead to a wide range of painful symptoms, called a TMJ disorder. Dr. Dan K. Young can stop your pain with TMJ treatment in Joplin.

What is a TMJ Disorder?

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The temporomandibular joint acts as a hinge to allow you to open and close your mouth while also making it possible to move your jaw from side to side. These movements are necessary to allow you to chew, talk, and even yawn.

Unfortunately, problems with the joint and the muscles that control it can develop. Although the exact cause of the condition is unknown, there are several factors that can lead to it, such as a poorly aligned bite, grinding your teeth, or a past injury to the jaw.

No matter the cause, it makes the jaw function incorrectly. You may hear a clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening or closing your mouth. Your jaw may even lock into an opened or closed position. It is common to experience pain or tenderness in the area. You may also suffer from headaches, ear or neck pain, and ringing in the ears.

How is a TMJ Disorder Treated?

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Dr. Young conducts a comprehensive examination to evaluate the function of your joint to determine if you have the disorder. He uses advanced technology to examine your bite’s condition and how the joint functions. With the Joint Vibration Analysis & Jaw Tracker, it gives him extensive details about issues that may be leading to the disorder. After identifying the underlying cause of the problem, he creates a customized treatment plan catering to your specific needs.

Your treatment may include:

  • Occlusal or restorative adjustments create harmony to an uneven bite. This could involve the use of dental crowns or other restorative treatments to rebuild worn teeth.
  • Occlusal splint therapy helps train your jaw to rest in a more natural position. You wear a custom-made oral appliance to reposition your jaw to take pressure off the joint.
  • MLS laser therapy is effective for relieving chronic pain. The laser helps to reduce oral inflammation while encouraging your body’s natural healing properties. It is safe and effective for treating TMJ while also beneficial for general pain management.
  • You can complement your treatment plan by making simple changes at home to take strain or pressure off the joint with stress-relieving exercises. The exercises strengthen the muscles and improve their flexibility to help you get the relief you need.

Stop Your Jaw Pain Today!

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If a TMJ disorder is causing interruptions in your quality of life, you can stop the pain and get the relief you need with an individualized treatment plan. Contact Young Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today to schedule your consultation.

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