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Relief from the Pain of TMJ

Dr. Fraschetti offers TMJ treatments and occlusal adjustments

Do You Suffer from TMJ Due to Bruxism?

TMJ symptoms can appear without warning, causing jaw pain and headaches that last for weeks or even months. When the first signs of TMJ arise, Dr. Fraschetti recommends that you seek treatment right away to ease the discomfort and lessen the risk of worsening symptoms. Symptoms of TMJ disorder include:

  • Pain or swelling in the face and/or jaw
  • Difficulty opening the jaw wide
  • Toothaches
  • Earaches or ringing in the ears
  • Jaws that get locked into position
  • Clicking or popping sounds when the jaw is in motion
  • Headaches

What Causes TMJ?

When you are plagued by jaw pain, you may believe that you are experiencing temporary tooth pain but in fact, you may be suffering from the onset of Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder. TMJ is a condition that affects the jaw joint and surrounding muscles. Factors that may contribute to TMJ in Sterling Heights, MI, include:

  • Injury
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Teeth clenching
  • Osteoarthritis

TMJ treatments often include non-invasive therapies, such as warm compresses, ibuprofen, or facial stretches but can, in more severe cases, require cortisone shots or surgery.

TMJ Treatments

WHAT IS AN OCCLUSAL ADJUSTMENT?

An occlusal adjustment is a way of correcting interferences in your bite. Sometimes, your bite may feel uncomfortable to you. This can be caused by changes in your teeth. Whether due to a new crown or filling that sticks up farther than your natural tooth did or as a byproduct of bruxism wearing down one side of your tooth structure, occlusal adjustment can be utilized to make your teeth fit together comfortably again. Dr. Fraschetti will evaluate where your teeth come together using Mylar paper to mark the points of contact. He can then file down the higher points until your bite feels comfortable again.

To discover how Dr. Fraschetti can alleviate the symptoms of TMJ in Sterling Heights, MI, contact our office to schedule a consultation.

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