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TMJ disorder is a reference to pain in the temporomandibular joints, which hinge up the upper and lower jaws, attaching to the head. Pain in this area typically stems from a past injury or an inflammation that has developed due to a repetitive habit, such as grinding your teeth.

Typically, TMJ disorder will start out as a dull ache in ears or temples when you open your mouth, or while using it to speak or chew. In addition to grinding your teeth or jaw, TMJ disorder can also be related to arthritis. Other issues known to cause TMJ pain are past dislocations or injuries to the ball and socket joint.

How a TMJ disorder is treated depends on how it was caused. Dr. Dennis Burrell and Associates, PC uses a two-step system for treatment.

The first part of the treatment involves switching you over to soft foods and using heat treatments on the muscle to soothe and relieve tension.

If you have TMJ pain from grinding your teeth, you will be given a custom mouth guard to wear a night to help. The guard will be fitted to your teeth by your doctor so that it will slip in order to reduce damage to your teeth and also ease the tension of your jaw muscles. Often this is done in conjunction with the patient doing rehabilitation exercises to strengthen jaw muscles. Medications will be prescribed as well to relax the muscles and help inflammation issues. An anti-inflammatory will likely also be prescribed.

If you have questions about TMJ disorder or treatment in University Place, Washington please call Dr. Dennis Burrell and Associates, PC at 253-564-7645 to set up an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Dennis Burrell today, as successful recovery from TMJ disorder depends on how early you begin treatment.