TMJ Treatment in Fremont, NE

What Is TMJ? 

Your temporomandibular joint is a joint in the jaw that is a soft cartilage disk that assists with sliding motions. This disc ensures that the jaw moves smoothly when opening and closing. You have two of these joints on either side of your jaw and it connects your jaw to your skull.

TMJ is a disorder of the temporomandibular joint when it has become damaged or defective due to a medical condition like arthritis, injury, damage from teeth grinding, or a misaligned bite. No specific cause of TMJ is known but something causes improper functioning of the joint which leads to pain and compromised jaw movement. Contact us at Fremont Family Dentistry to schedule a consultation.

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Another treatment for TMJ is Botox.

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Our TMJ Treatment Process

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Dr. Lamprecht will perform an oral exam and assess your symptoms to determine if you have TMJ. X-rays can also reveal problems with the joint’s disc.

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Once you have a TMJ diagnosis, we will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab that will create a custom mouthguard for you to wear to sleep.

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Nightguard Fabrication

A tailor-made nightguard will be fabricated based on your impressions so that it perfectly fits your bite. This will prevent damage to your teeth from teeth grinding and will prevent jaw strain when you sleep which will help to alleviate the symptoms of TMJ.

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Wear Your Mouthguard

Once we’ve received your nightguard from the dental lab, you’ll come into the office to pick it up and begin wearing it to sleep. We may schedule another follow-up appointment to check if your symptoms have improved.

Common Signs You May Have TMJ

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Jaw and Facial Pain

Many patients with TMJ strain their jaw by grinding or clenching their teeth at night. This can cause severe pain in the jaw and through the face such as the temples, behind your eyes, near your ears, and even your neck and shoulders. 

This radiating pain occurs because the temporomandibular joint is connected to nerves in all of these various areas. If you’re constantly clenching, you may also feel pain in your teeth. The most obvious symptom is pain and tenderness in the jaw which may get worse when opening the jaw to chew, speak, or yawn.

Popping/Clicking Sounds

Do you ever hear a popping or clicking sound when opening your jaw wide? This is a telltale sign of TMJ. It’s a result of the TMJ disc that is meant to assist with smooth sliding motions falling out of place. 

Damaged Teeth

If your TMJ symptoms are accompanied by eroded enamel or chips and cracks in your teeth, this is a sign of bruxism, which means you’re likely grinding your teeth at night. While not all cases of TMJ are caused by teeth grinding, they commonly coincide. When there’s a problem with the joint, it can also cause a misaligned bite, causing your top and bottom teeth to wear on each other.

Locked Jaw

If you find it difficult to open or close your mouth, you may have a locked jaw which is a common symptom of TMJ due to problems with the joint’s disc. When you finally do regain mobility in the jaw, you may also hear a popping sound.

Frequent Headaches

Did you know that up to 40% of patients with TMJ suffer from headaches? If you constantly wake up with a headache or a migraine but can’t figure out why you might want to get assessed for TMJ. When you experience jaw pain, you can also suffer from headaches because the jaw joint connects your jaw to your skull. If you also grind your teeth at night, this can also lead to frequent headaches.

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Up to 30% of the population has TMJ.

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Why Is It Important To Treat My TMJ?

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It is so important to treat TMJ early to prevent complications that can occur from years of pain, strain, exhaustion, and damage. If you have TMJ, you may have a misaligned bite or grind your teeth at night. 

This puts your teeth at high risk for damage if you don’t wear a mouthguard to sleep. Many patients break their teeth from exerting too much force on their teeth each night. Wearing a mouthguard will protect your teeth. It can also protect your hearing. 

When patients deal with severe TMJ for years, it can lead to tinnitus, also known as ringing in the ears. This can make it more difficult to hear and it can make it frustrating trying to sleep. 

Jaw pain and jaw immobility can also make it difficult to speak, chew your food, and open your jaw wide. Getting treatment as soon as possible will prevent these complications down the road so you don’t have to deal with sleep, feeding, and hearing problems or chronic pain.

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There isn’t one single cause of TMJ.

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