Dan Bergman, DDS

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder

What is TMJ?
Your temporomandibular joint connects your jaw to your skull. This sometimes becomes inflamed or misaligned due to a variety of reasons including nail biting and excessive clenching or grinding of the teeth.

TMJ often causes painful symptoms in the jaw and facial area including soreness, migraine headaches, and a clicking or locking of the jaw. 

How is TMJ treated?
Dentists use a variety of treatments in order to alleviate the pain and stresses associated with TMJ. One method for alleviating pain due to TMJ is a removable orthotic or “night guard”. This is an oral appliance similar to a mouth guard worn by professional athletes. It is a great way to reduce damage resulting from heavy grinding of the teeth during sleep. It is a simple procedure in which Dr. Bergman takes impressions of your teeth and fits you with your own custom night guard.

For patients with more serious cases of TMJ disorder, we may recommend adjusting your bite by way of orthodontics or surgery. Dr. Bergman will carefully examine your options and will consult with you on all of your options. 

How long does treatment take?
The majority of TMJ patients will notice extreme improvements in systems within the first 6 months of treatment, with very few cases requiring up to a year. The amount of time required depends on each inpidual case.

How can I get started?
Bergman Family Dental offers treatments for TMJ syndrome to help alleviate pain and associated symptoms. Call us today to get started. We serve the St. Louis suburbs including Town and Country, Ballwin, Ellisville, Chesterfield, Wildwood, and Eureka.

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