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TMJ Treatment – Fargo, ND

Fixing Chronic Jaw Pain

wooden letters spelling TMJ on a table next to teeth

The temporomandibular joints, otherwise known as TMJ, are the hinges before your ears that allow you to maneuver your jaw for eating, speaking, laughing, and yawning. Similar to all other joints, your TMJ can be vulnerable to injuries or strain, which can result in temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). This condition can present itself with issues like jaw stiffness or discomfort, earaches, headaches/migraines, and teeth grinding during sleep. To protect your smile and alleviate pain, our team can offer TMJ treatment in Fargo for patients with chronic jaw problems. Read on or give us a call if you wish to schedule an appointment.

Why Choose Cornerstone Dental for TMJ Treatment?

What Is TMJ Disorder?

a woman with jaw discomfort in need of TMJ treatment

Also known as TMJ dysfunction or TMD, TMJ disorder is associated with numerous issues that impact the jaw joint and the function of the nearby tissues. While the jaw is designed to chew effectively and move so you can speak and laugh comfortably, its hinges can be delicate and sometimes wear down over time. If left unaddressed, it can affect your bite, your ability to chew, talk, yawn, and can even make it uncomfortable to sneeze. TMD can occur due to various factors, including chronic stress, a misaligned bite, overuse of the jaw joint, and more.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

a man experiencing symptoms of TMJ disorder

Jaw discomfort is perhaps the most common symptom of TMD. That said, this is only a surface-level indication of a problem with your TMJ. You might also have this disorder if you’re experiencing one or some of the following:

Types of TMJ Treatment

a patient visiting her dentist for TMJ treatment

Like with most treatments, there are no one-size-fits-all approaches to treating TMD. During your consultation, our team can take X-rays, evaluate your oral health, review your symptoms, and determine the best way to address your situation. The solution for your specific TMD will be based on the root of the problem, which can range from muscle tension to major dental issues. Our team typically offers the following solutions for alleviating TMD pain:

Occlusal Splint

a person holding an occlusal splint for TMJ treatment

This is a personalized oral appliance that is meant to keep your jaw in place so it can relax, along with the surrounding muscle tissues. By training your jaw to stay put in a neutral position, you can give your tissues a chance to recover, allowing a more lasting solution for reducing TMD discomfort.

Equilibration/Occlusal Adjustment

a patient visiting her dentist for equilibration/occlusal adjustment

If the root cause of your TMD is due to minor imperfections in how your upper and lower teeth come together, we might be able to alter your pearly whites to help your bite. We’ll carefully and strategically reshape some of your teeth so that they can fit together more perfectly, as well as any restorations you may have that are causing any problems.