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TMJ/TMD Therapy – Rexburg, ID

Effective Treatment for a Better Life

Do you experience jaw pain or dysfunction? Is it hard to enjoy your favorite meals? You may have TMJ disorder, which is a common issue that affects millions of people. Thankfully, Dr. Snarr and Dr. Crofoot offer TMJ/TMD therapy as a wonderful solution. After examining your mouth and getting to know you, they’ll be able to develop a personalized treatment plan to get you back the function and comfort you deserve. Read on to learn more about TMJ therapy in Rexburg!

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Why Choose Cornerstone Family Dental for TMJ/TMD Therapy?

Types of TMJ Disorder

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There are 3 different types of TMJ disorder:

Muscle Disorders

If you’re experiencing pain in the muscles surrounding your jaw joint, it could be the muscles themselves causing the issue. This type of TMJ is by far the most common and you should contact the dentist near you for treatment!

Joint-Derangement Disorders

Compared to the previous type, joint-derangement disorder is a structural problem, not a muscular one. Injury or wear and tear from routine teeth grinding can eventually cause this condition. It’s also possible to experience issues from dislocation/displacement of the articular disc or severe malocclusion.

Degenerative/Inflammatory Joint Disorders

When a joint becomes old or overused, it can begin to degenerate or inflame. While this problem could also be osteoarthritis, it could be rheumatoid arthritis or a perforated TMJ disc. It’s also important to remember that these disorders can happen simultaneously.

Causes of TMJ Disorder

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It’s often unknown what truly causes TMJ disorder, however your problems with jaw muscles or jaw joints may result from one or more of these factors:

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

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The most common symptom of TMJ disorder is pain—whether it’s constant or intermittent. You may also notice warning signs like:

Treatment for TMJ Disorder

No two cases are the same, which is why our treatment options vary. The most common treatment we have to offer is custom-made oral appliances which are worn to reposition the jaw and take force off of your joints/muscles. We may also recommend a nightguard that protects your teeth from grinding while relieving your jaw of pressure. Additionally, stress-relieving activities and a modified diet can help ease your symptoms.

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