TMJ/TMD Treatment

Cosmetic Dentistry & Reconstructive Dentistry located in East Wenatchee, WA
TMJ/TMD Treatment

TMJ/TMD Treatment services offered in East Wenatchee, WA

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder (TMD) can cause serious symptoms, and finding relief is important. For residents of East Wenatchee, Washington, Matt Fluegge, DDS, and the team at Fluegge Family Dentistry are an outstanding resource for advanced treatment for TMJ and TMD. Just call or click to schedule a time to come in and learn more. 

TMJ/TMD Treatment Q&A

What is TMJ and TMD?

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is a common condition in which the joint that connects your jaw to your skull experiences some form of dysfunction. Also called TMD, the condition can affect people of all ages and both sexes. 

Numerous things can cause TMJ, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative joint conditions
  • Traumatic injury
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Connective tissue diseases

Even something as simple as a habit of resting your chin in your hand and leaning against your desk can damage your temporomandibular joint. 

What are some signs I might need TMJ and TMD treatment?

Understanding the signs of TMJ can help you decide when to take action. Some of the indications of this common joint disorder include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Headaches
  • Swelling in the face or jaw
  • Clicking sounds when you open and close your mouth
  • Aching sensation near your ear
  • Chewing difficulties
  • A jaw that locks open or closed

If you notice these changes, schedule a diagnostic assessment right away. Treating TMJ is easiest in the early stages. Once extensive joint damage occurs, treatment options narrow, and surgery might be the only way to achieve lasting relief. 

What are some TMJ and TMD treatment options?

Your treatment plan depends on the extent of jaw damage as well as the likely cause of your symptoms. In some cases, simply modifying your habits is enough to reduce symptoms. 

If teeth grinding is to blame for your symptoms, wearing a custom-fitted night guard during sleep is a great option. Night guards create a slight alteration in the way you hold your lower jaw during sleep, relieving pressure on the temporomandibular joint. 

Dr. Fluegge offers top-quality oral appliances that are comfortable to wear. He’s among the most experienced practitioners in the area offering TMJ and TMD treatment. 

You may need medications as part of your treatment plan. Over-the-counter medications can help with minor discomfort or swelling. There are also prescription options to control pain or help you sleep. Muscle relaxants also offer relief by changing the tension in the muscles that support your jaw. 

In some cases, surgery is the best way to address TMJ. Dr. Fluegge explains your options during your consultation and helps you find the right fit for your needs. Book your appointment online or call the friendly office staff today to get started.