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TMJ Therapy – Dayton, OH

A Solution for Nagging Jaw Pain

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Have you noticed a clicking sound when you open or close your mouth? If so, it could be a sign of TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. Thankfully, at Rahn Dental Group, we have effective solutions to restore the normal function and health of your jaw. When you visit our Dayton office, either Dr. Quinttus, Dr. Budde or Dr. Sullivan can provide the expert care you need to alleviate any pain. Contact us today to schedule a visit!

The Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

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Before you can receive treatment for TMJ disorder, you need to know what symptoms to be on the lookout for. Therefore, you can receive the treatment you need before the problem gets worse. By being more proactive, you can prevent any needless suffering and spare your wallet. Here are some of the more typical warning signs:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Locked or immobile jaw
  • Pain in your neck, shoulders or ears
  • Limited motion when opening your jaw
  • Grinding, clicking or popping when you open or close your mouth

The Diagnosis Process

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One of the best ways to catch TMJ disorder early is to maintain semi-annual visits for cleanings and checkups with your dentist in Dayton. As part of the examination, we’ll assess your jaw movement. This is also the time to bring to your dentist’s attention any pain or other issues you’ve been having with your jaw, so that it can be addressed as soon as possible.

To make an accurate diagnosis, we’ll use our advanced technology, which includes digital X-rays, to evaluate your jaw and look for indications of inflammation, tendon damage or any other warning signs of TMJ disorder. We’ll also check for bruxism (teeth grinding) or arthritis. Other possible contributors are stress, trauma and an injury to the head, neck or jaw.

Treatment Options

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Depending on your situation, we have some effective treatment options. For patients whose TMJ disorder is caused by bite misalignment, occlusal adjustments can help tremendously. This can be done by slightly reshaping a few key teeth so they meet properly. Typically, we’ll only need to remove a thin layer of enamel to accomplish this.

Another option is the placement of an occlusal splint. A type of orthopedic mouthpiece, it’s worn while you sleep, and it helps to reposition and better align the jaw. This allows the joint and the associated muscles to relax and heal.

What You Can Do at Home

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In addition to the treatments we provide at our office, you can also take the following steps at home to aid in your recovery:

  • Eat soft foods
  • Limit your stress
  • Use ice to reduce swelling
  • Limit the movement of your jaw
  • Avoid chewing gum or eating tough foods
  • Carefully perform jaw stretching movements

By receiving TMJ therapy in Dayton and incorporating the above practices into your daily routine, you can finally bring an end to your pain and have your jaw health restored. To get the help you need, contact us today.