TMJ Treatment

Brian  A. Noonan, DDS -  - General Dentist

Brian A. Noonan, DDS

General Dentist & Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Ann Arbor, MI

A painful jaw can make it hard to eat and speak, and you might get unbearable headaches along with it. At the private practice of Brian A. Noonan, DDS, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Dr. Noonan and his team provide comprehensive treatment for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and its symptoms. To relieve the pain and pressure from your jaw, or to learn more about our TMJ treatment options, call Brian A. Noonan DDS or reserve your appointment online today.

TMJ Treatment Q & A

What is TMJ?

Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the hinge-like joints that attach your lower jaw to your temples. You have one on either side of your head, and you rely on their smooth, flawless movement to speak, yawn, and chew your food. 

If one or both of your TMJs is not working effectively, you may need TMJ treatment from Dr. Noonan and his team. The pain and discomfort of TMJ disorders often come without warning and can go away by itself without treatment, but the symptoms can be both inconvenient and painful. 

TMJ disorders are often linked to teeth grinding, arthritis, previous jaw injuries or dislocations, and other sources. If you’re chronically stressed, you might be more inclined to clench your jaw or grind your teeth, leading to TMJ pain and other symptoms. 

How can I tell if I need treatment for TMJ disorder?

Your TMJ disorder might originate in any part of your TMJ, including the cartilage, ligaments, or tendons around the joint. In any case, TMJ disorder causes an assortment of highly bothersome and uncomfortable symptoms that you may want to address right away. If you have TMJ disorder, you might have one or more of these symptoms:

  • Jaw pain
  • Ear pain
  • Headaches
  • Neck aches
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Jaw locking
  • Popping noises when you move your jaw
  • Tenderness in your muscles

If you have such symptoms, being mindful about clenching and grinding your jaw can make a big difference. In fact, many symptoms can go away without any professional treatment if you change your habits. If your symptoms are persistent or get in the way of your eating or speaking, Dr. Noonan and his team can provide you with TMJ treatment.

How does TMJ treatment work?

Dr. Noonan and his team provide several options for TMJ treatment. Appliances that help treat TMJ disorder and its symptoms include:

Bite splints

Bite splints for TMJ are acrylic devices that you wear over your upper or lower teeth. Generally, Dr. Noonan advises you to wear them for 24 hours per day to realign your bite and reduce pressure on your TMJs. 

Night guards

Night guards are custom mouthguards that you wear at night to ease the pressures of nighttime teeth grinding. Many people grind their teeth subconsciously as they sleep, which can cause or worsen TMJ disorder symptoms. 

If your jaw is constantly stiff or in pain, don’t hesitate to call Brian A. Noonan DDS for TMJ treatment or book a consultation online today.