We Offer TMJ Pain Relief in North Salt Lake, UT

We Offer TMJ Pain Relief in North Salt Lake, UT

TMJ & Bruxism Treatment

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When you wake up in the morning, do you notice headaches, jaw, or shoulder pain? Has your partner taken up residence on the sofa because of your loud snoring or strange popping or clicking noises while you sleep?

If you answer yes to either question, you may be grinding your teeth, a common sign of TMJ problems known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).

In some cases, TMD symptoms like jaw pain can overtake your life and leave you desperate for relief. At Serene Dental of North Salt Lake, Dr. Will Bates offers treatment for TMJ pain or dysfunction using a small customized oral appliance.

The Difference between TMJ and TMD

Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or jaw joints are some of the most heavily used joints in the body. Yawning, laughing, smiling, speaking—it’s easy to see how the TMJ can become overworked, especially if you add a teeth-grinding habit called bruxism. TMJ problems can also be related to a head or jaw injury, malocclusion (bad dental bite), or arthritis.

TMD or temporomandibular joint disorder is the name we use when the TMJ isn’t functioning properly. Many people suffer from TMD. Common symptoms like teeth grinding (bruxism), worn down or broken teeth, jaw and facial pain, and severe headaches impact millions of lives.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

  • Jaw pain

  • Clicking or popping in the jaw

  • Difficulty opening or closing your mouth

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Tinnitus or ringing in the ears

  • Mouth locked open or closed

  • Pain when yawning or chewing

TMJ Pain Relief in North Salt Lake, UT

If you experience one or more of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Bates. He will take digital and panoramic x-rays of your mouth to identify the reason for your TMJ pain.

Our TMJ dentist will also evaluate your dental bite to determine the relationship between the way your TMJ functions and the way your teeth come together when you bite down. Treatment depends on your unique needs, but Dr. Bates helps many TMJ pain sufferers find relief without complex or costly treatment.

The simplest approach is to customize a night guard—also referred to as an occlusal guard or oral splint—that prevents your upper and lower jaw from meeting when you bite down. Worn during sleep, the appliance absorbs the grinding and clenching force and gives your TMJ a chance to rest and recover while you sleep.

Since it is a complex disorder, it can be difficult or impossible to identify a single source for TMD discomfort. In this case, we’ll provide the relief you need by recommending TMJ pain treatment, including:

  • Oral splints or occlusal guards

  • Anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen

  • Physical therapy

  • Relaxation therapies and stress management

  • Prescription muscle relaxers

  • BOTOX® injections

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Do You Need TMJ Pain Relief in North Salt Lake?

Living with TMJ pain takes its toll on you, your comfort, and your quality of life, but we can help you. Call Serene Dental of North Salt Lake to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Bates so he can determine if a nightguard or occlusal splint can provide much-needed TMJ pain relief.

Meet Our Team

Shandee Dental Hygienist

Shandee attended Weber State University, where she graduated in 2018 with her Bachelor’s of Science in Dental Hygiene, with a minor in clinical health promotion. A native of Utah, her goal with every patient is to be gentle and make sure they leave their appointment with a nice, clean feeling and motivated to establish good oral hygiene habits.

In her spare time, Shandee enjoys spending time with her family and enjoying the outdoors.

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