TMJ/TMD Therapy – Carmel, IN
Make Your Jaw Pain & Headaches Stop
If you wiggle your jaw from side to side, those little joints you feel right next to your ears are your TMJ, or temporomandibular joint. Just like your knees, shoulders, or neck, these joints can sometimes develop strain and tension that leads to stiffness and pain throughout the face and head. In addition to affecting the jaw, a TMJ disorder (or TMD) can also lead to chronic migraines! At Springhetti Dentistry, our team can provide our patients with the answers and relief they need using proven, non-invasive treatments. If you’re ready to make your jaw and head pain finally STOP, contact us today.
Why Choose Springhetti Dentistry for TMJ/TMD Therapy?
- Service & Attention That Goes Above & Beyond Other Dentists
- Committed to Providing Long-Term Solutions
- Custom-Made Oral Appliances for Each Patient
Equilibrations / Occlusal Adjustments
The source of a TMD is often a misaligned bite, which places excess pressure on the joint and leads to muscle spasms because the TMJ is constantly trying to adjust itself. To correct this, Dr. Springhetti can rebalance the bite by replacing any missing teeth, restoring worn down teeth, and slightly reshaping certain teeth to help the upper and lower rows come together properly and comfortably. Once this is done, all symptoms should quickly go away.
Nightguards for Bruxism
One of the most common causes of TMD is unconscious teeth grinding during sleep, or bruxism. This causes the jaw muscles to constantly strain and wear themselves out, leading to pain, soreness, and stiffness every morning. It can also cause the teeth to flatten and eventually break! Dr. Springhetti can make sure this doesn’t happen by having a patient wear a nightguard to bed. This is a custom oral appliance that places a soft but resilient barrier between the teeth so they can’t rub against each other during the night.
With an occlusal splint, we have a patient wear a small, custom-made mouthguard to bed, and it works by slightly repositioning the jaw. This helps remove any excess pressure on sensitive nerves and muscles, enabling these tissues to naturally relax and heal themselves. This approach can also help prevent nighttime teeth grinding, another major source of persistent jaw pain. After a few weeks of consistently using a splint, a patient should be able to go throughout their day without experiencing any symptoms.