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TMJ & TMD Treatment

Your jaw is a crucial component of both your oral and overall health, enabling essential functions such as chewing, speaking, and smiling. However, when the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and the surrounding muscles suffer damage, it can lead to pain and dysfunction. These conditions, collectively known as TMJ or temporomandibular disorder (TMD), often stem from dental issues. At Riverwood Dental, we prioritize identifying the root cause of TMJ/TMD and providing general dentistry treatments to alleviate pain and restore proper jaw function.

TMJ/TMD arises primarily from excess stress or pressure on the temporomandibular joint, comprising two joints that facilitate the jaw’s opening and sliding movements. Causes of such stress may include misaligned teeth, persistent jaw clenching, or teeth grinding (bruxism). Addressing the underlying causes of heightened stress on the jaw is pivotal for the joint and muscles to recover, ultimately alleviating discomfort. Treatment approaches can vary and may involve resolving dental issues such as replacing missing teeth, undergoing orthodontic treatment to correct misalignments, or adopting preventive measures like using a dental nightguard to prevent teeth grinding.


Can TMJ/TMD be cured completely?
While complete cure is not always possible, effective management and treatment can significantly alleviate symptoms and improve jaw function.

How long does TMJ/TMD treatment take to show results?
The timeline for improvement varies based on the individual’s specific condition and the chosen treatment approach. Some may experience relief relatively quickly, while others may require more time.

Is TMJ/TMD treatment painful?
TMJ/TMD treatments are designed to alleviate pain, not induce it. Procedures are performed with the comfort of the patient in mind, and any potential discomfort is minimized.

Can I continue normal activities during TMJ/TMD treatment?
In most cases, individuals can continue with their daily activities while undergoing TMJ/TMD treatment. Lifestyle adjustments may be recommended to support the treatment process.

If you suspect you may be experiencing symptoms of TMJ/TMD, seeking professional evaluation and treatment promptly is crucial. Riverwood Dental is dedicated to providing compassionate and effective care for individuals dealing with TMJ/TMD-related discomfort. By addressing the root causes and tailoring treatments to each patient’s unique needs, we strive to bring lasting relief and restore optimal jaw function. Contact Riverwood Dental  today to schedule your appointment and take the first step toward a pain-free, functional jaw. Our experienced dental team is committed to helping you achieve a healthier, more comfortable smile.



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