TMJ/TMD Treatment in Brookline, MA

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The temporomandibular joint is a crucial hinge that connects your jaw to your skull, thus allowing you to perform essential functions such as chewing, talking, and yawning. If you have problems affecting your jaw and the associated muscles, you’re said to be suffering from a temporomandibular disorder.

If you’re experiencing pain in your face or jaw, you must get checked by a dentist for TMD. Our dentist in Brookline, MA offers treatment for temporomandibular disorders. We see patients suffering from mild to complex cases of TMD and everything in between.

Causes of Temporomandibular Disorders

Temporomandibular disorders usually occur when the temporomandibular joint and associated muscles undergo stress or trauma. For instance, if you’ve recently been in a car crash where you suffered whiplash, you may find yourself experiencing pain and sensitivity in your jaw area.

Arthritis and bruxism (grinding and clenching your teeth) may also lead to temporomandibular disorders. If you’re under significant pressure or stress that’s causing you to tighten and clench your facial and jaw muscles, you may end up experiencing TMD.

How Do You Know You Have TMD?

Several symptoms may indicate the possibility of temporomandibular disorder. These symptoms include:

  • Pain in your jaw, neck, shoulders and ear areas when speaking or chewing
  • A feeling of tiredness in your face
  • Facial swelling
  • Difficulty when opening your mouth
  • Popping sounds when you move your jaw, e.g., when chewing, yawning or speaking
  • Lock-jaw, or when your jaw becomes stuck in one position

If you’re showing any of these symptoms, book an appointment with Dental Partners of Brookline immediately. Our dentist will examine you for TMD and, based on the diagnosis, offer an appropriate course of treatment.

TMD Treatment at Dental Partners of Brookline

Our dentist in Brookline, MA offers various TMD treatments based on the severity of each case. These include:

  • Relaxation techniques and counseling on harmful habits to avoid
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve swelling and tenderness
  • Oral splints and night guards
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Low-level laser therapy
  • Surgery, for severe and complicated cases

Are you experiencing pain in your face, neck, and jaw areas? Is this pain making it impossible for you to carry on with your everyday life? Our dentist near Brookline, MA can give you the diagnosis and treatment that you desperately need to get on with your normal life. Don’t allow pain to rule over your life—call Dental Partners of Brookline today for TMJ/TMD treatment that’s gentle, non-invasive, and custom-tailored just for you.

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