St. Paul TMJ Dentist Explains Treatment for TMJ

Written by Drs. Mark and Rachel Malterud on Mar 10, 2015

TMJ is the term that many people use to refer to Tempro-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome. This can include any number of conditions that causes painful and annoying symptoms like severe headaches, jaw pain, teeth grinding, and ringing in the ears.

If you suffer from TMJ, you know that the symptoms can seriously impact your everyday life. When patients first visit the St. Paul TMJ Dentist to discuss their symptoms, most are not aware that the underlying cause of their problems can be effectively treated by a dentist.

The symptoms of TMJ are most often caused by a misaligned dental bite. While this may seem like a difficult problem to address, it is often possible for a dentist t to adjust the bite without painful surgery. It is very common for patients with TMJ to experience teeth grinding – bruxism – especially during the night.

Over time, grinding your teeth can erode the structure of teeth, leading to more severe dental problems in the future. If TMJ is not treated, it can lead to erosion of the jawbone and loose teeth. It is important for anyone experiencing the symptoms of TMJ to visit the dentist for an exact diagnosis.

TMJ could be a result of several different problems, but a misaligned dental bite is the most common. The best long-term solution is to undergo a “bite analysis” that will be used to evaluate the balance between the jaw joint, the jaw muscles, and the way the teeth touch.

Once a diagnosis has been established by the St. Paul TMJ Dentist, we can provide an FDA-approved device designed to effectively reduce headaches and migraines. This device works with your mouth and jaw to alleviate pain.

The only way to determine the cause of your symptoms and the best treatment for your specific case is to contact our office for a complete evaluation of your situation. Contact our office to arrange a free consultation so we can help make painful TMJ symptoms a thing of the past.