6287 S. Redwood Rd #101

Taylorsville, UT

Phone Number

(801) 261-9155

TMJ and Jaw Pain

TMD can severally impact your quality of life through pain and discomfort. Let us help alleviate your symptoms.

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What are TMD and TMJ?

TMJ is short for the temporomandibular joint. When issues occur with this joint, it can cause a range of disorders known as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMD for short.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is a disorder that leads to intense facial pains. Women who are of childbearing age are most commonly affected, but TMD can affect men and children as well.

The exact causes of this disorder are unknown. However, it can manifest in painful and uncomfortable symptoms. Here at the Center for Sleep Apnea & TMJ, we treat a range of patients who suffer from TMD.

DID YOU KNOW?

15% of untreated TMJ sufferers will develop a chronic TMJ Disorder

AND

An estimated 17.8 million work days are lost annually due to TMJ disorder related issues.

Symptoms of TMD and Craniofacial Pain

The symptoms of TMD are categorized as types of craniofacial pain. Craniofacial pain is a broad term used for encompassing all pain in the face and head, including those caused by temporomandibular disorders. Craniofacial pain can include the following symptoms:

  • Muscular/facial pain
  • Locking of the jaw
  • Clicking or popping of the jaw
  • Nerve disorders
  • Referred ear pain, fullness or ringing
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain

What to Avoid When Suffering Jaw Pain

If you are unsure about your diagnosis or treatment, you should avoid having any type of “irreversible” therapy including:

  • Orthodontics or braces*
  • Equilibration – grinding the teeth down to improve your bite*
  • Crowning the teeth*
  • Tooth extraction
  • Root canals
  • ANY type of surgery for TMJ or the jaw

*The American Dental Association refers to these procedures as “phase two therapy” and recommends that they only be performed AFTER successfully having “phase one therapy.”

What to Avoid When Suffering Jaw Pain

If you are unsure about your diagnosis or treatment, you should avoid having any type of “irreversible” therapy including:

  • Orthodontics or braces*
  • Equilibration – grinding the teeth down to improve your bite*
  • Crowning the teeth*
  • Tooth extraction
  • Root canals
  • ANY type of surgery for TMJ or the jaw

*The American Dental Association refers to these procedures as “phase two therapy” and recommends that they only be performed AFTER successfully having “phase one therapy.”

Jaw Pain Treatments

TMJ treatment in Salt Lake City usually involves a conservative therapy plan combined with the use of oral orthotics or “splints.”

In our office, splints for daytime use are usually made to be worn on the bottom teeth, making it less noticeable, more comfortable, and easier to speak while it is in. Generally, we prescribe a different splint for night usage, worn on the upper teeth.

In addition to using splints, other therapies for jaw pain treatment may include:

  • Prolotherapy
  • Therapeutic injections to help “unlock” your jaw
  • Botox
  • Trigger point injections
  • Medical acupuncture
  • Moist heat application
  • Massage therapy
  • TENS therapy
  • Iontophoresis
  • Ultrasound
  • Medications

 

Stop suffering from jaw pain and discomfort. Find out how we can help.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my insurance cover treatment?

Insurance coverage varies between plans and providers. The easiest way to find out if your insurance policy will cover the appliance is to look at your list of benefits and requirements. We are contracted with most medical insurance providers including Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare, so we can help you determine if your visit will be covered. In the vast majority of cases, where there is a medical need for treatment, insurance will cover at least part of the treatment.

*Note that most insurance companies consider the treatment of snoring as a “cosmetic” issue, and therefore won’t cover the cost of treatment.

Will treatment require surgery?

Here at the Center for Sleep Apnea and TMJ, we focus on finding a non-surgical solution first. In fact, we specialize in non-surgical treatments. Surgery is only considered as a last resort when all other avenues of treatment have been explored.

 

Will I have to take medication?

Most of the treatments do not require the use of medications. In some cases, medication may be prescribed to help alleviate some of the pain caused by TMJ.

Will I have to be connected to a machine while I sleep?

We specialize in solutions for people that are CPAP intolerant or can't use a CPAP machine.

The best treatment for sleep apnea is the use of a CPAP machine. But in cases where that hasn’t been successful, we prescribe oral appliances that are worn at night.

Oral appliance therapy is a widely used and accepted method for treating sleep disordered breathing.

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Contact Us

(801) 261-9155

info@sleepandtmjutah.com

Office

6287 S Redwood Rd #101

Taylorsville, UT 84123