TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problems are rising due to high stress levels in the world today. While clenching and grinding of teeth induced by stress or tension can cause discomfort in the TMJ area, stress is by no means the only cause of TMJ dysfunction. Impacted wisdom teeth as well as malalignment of the jaw or teeth can also be contributing factors. Dr. Oliveros has much experience in successfully treating patients who suffer from TMJ pain. The following treatments, among others, are available to patients:
If you are clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth at night, a night guard may help relieve the pressure. A night guard will not prevent you from clenching, but it will provide a cushion of support in between your top and bottom teeth. Night guards can also be worn during the to help remind you not to clench your jaw.
In cases where malalignment is a contributing factor to TMJ pain, orthodontic treatments may be necessary to bring the mouth into a healthy alignment. Treatments such as braces and Invisalign can help to align the jaw and teeth and improve oral health and function.
Wisdom teeth extraction
Impacted wisdom teeth can manifest as pain in the area of impaction as well as the jaw joint. If you still have some or all of your wisdom teeth and are experiencing pain, it is a good idea to come in for X-rays to determine the position of your wisdom teeth. If impaction is detected, Dr. Oliveros will suggest booking an appointment for removal of the impacted teeth.
Managing stress levels is an important part of any treatment plan targeted at reducing TMJ pain. Reducing caffeine, tobacco and alcohol intake has also proven to be helpful, as these substances can exacerbate grinding, pain and inflammation. Dr. Oliveros will take your medical/ dental history into account and speak with you regarding possible lifestyle factors that may be contributing to your pain. If you are suffering from the debilitating pain and discomfort of TMJ, come see us!