TMJ treatment

TMJ Treatment

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Temporomandibular joint disorder, often shortened to TMJ or TMD, is a degenerative condition of the joint where your lower jaw connects to your skull, just below your ear.

The condition causes a number of uncomfortable and debilitating symptoms including:

· Intense pain in the joint that can radiate to the neck, shoulders, ears, and temples

· Clicking or popping sounds in the joint

· Locking or sticking of the joint

· Discomfort or pain while eating

· A grating sensation with movement

Dr. Kim has extensive experience in the treatment of TMJ and related disorders such as bruxism, which causes clenching and grinding of the teeth. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or are aware that you grind or clench, please call our office today to schedule an evaluation appointment.


Oral Splints for TMJ Treatment

We have found that oral splints (also known as “night guards”) are an effective and affordable treatment option for TMJ. An oral splint is a device that is worn over the teeth and prevents the back teeth from coming together, relieving the pressure on the joint and allowing the inflammation to die down. These appliances come in a variety of styles and can be either soft or firm.

One of the devices we like is the NTI appliance. This small appliance fits comfortably between your front teeth and is worn while you sleep. It gently moves your lower jaw forward so that the back teeth cannot touch and the muscles are able to relax.

Our patients who have used oral splints have been happy with their results, reporting fewer symptoms, an improved range of motion, and less pain and discomfort.

To find out more about TMJ and schedule your free consultation with Irvine dentist Dr. Kim, please call our office today. Your comfort is important to us, and an oral splint may be the solution you’ve been looking for.

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