Keep Your Smile Intact With TMJ Treatment In Johnson City

You don’t have to deal with constant pain in your face, jaw, neck, ears, or shoulders. TMJ-related issues can cause those problems and even lead to teeth grinding, which harms the enamel on your teeth. The office of Dr. Jerry Farrell provides TMJ treatment in Johnson City to make these problems go away.

Our treatment will:

  • End jaw pain you’re experiencing
  • Prevent teeth grinding to preserve your oral health, since grinding can wear down your teeth
  • Help you get a better night’s rest
  • Stop daily headaches or migraines from interfering with your life

Many dentists treat TMJ disorders, but few have the experience of Dr. Farrell. He achieved a Fellowship with the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics, where he intensely studied TMJ-related pain. He can quickly determine which treatments will provide you with long-lasting relief. Call 607-304-3993 for a consultation with Dr. Farrell to start feeling better from the TMJ solutions he provides at our office.

Relieve Your TMJ Pain With An Oral Appliance

Dr. Farrell will closely examine your mouth and use equipment like digital X-rays to discover the source of your discomfort. If he finds issues with your TMJ, he’ll create a customized oral appliance that you wear during the day or night to:

  • Relieve strain on your jaw to give it a chance to heal
  • Stop you from grinding your teeth and/or clenching your jaw
  • Rest easier at night and feel much better during the day
  • Prevent dental damage caused by a teeth grinding habit

If your TMJ-related pain is due to an uneven bite, Dr. Farrell can restore your bite and relieve your pain with orthodontics.

Get The Relief You Need From TMD Symptoms

Your jaw joints are called temporomandibular joints, or TMJ. Stress or pressure on your jaw can lead to temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMD. Oral or facial injuries can cause TMD, as well as arthritis or an uneven bite. TMD can make you grind your teeth at night or simply tighten your jaw during the day, which leads to headaches and further dental issues.

If you feel or hear clicking, grinding, or popping when you move your jaw, you are likely dealing with TMD. Other TMD symptoms include:

  • A swollen face, especially around the jaw
  • Unexplained earaches and/or ringing in the ears
  • Frequent headaches
  • A stiff and/or painful jaw
  • Difficulty opening or closing your mouth

We’re here to stop your jaw and facial pain and make sure your smile remains in great shape. Call 607-304-3993 to discuss TMJ treatment in Johnson City with Dr. Farrell. You can also reach us through our online form if you have any questions or wish to request your appointment there instead.

Common Questions About TMJ Treatment/ Teeth Grinding

Does TMJ treatment work?

TMJ problems typically won’t go away without treatment. TMJ pain is usually caused when the joints in your jaw become inflamed. This commonly occurs because of two habits that put your jaw under pressure: clenching and teeth grinding. We can make a custom mouthguard for you that will stop these behaviors. Then your jaw can heal. If an uneven bite is contributing to your TMJ pain, we can correct your bite with orthodontic treatment.

How long does TMJ treatment take?

We understand you want to end the pain caused by a TMJ disorder as soon as you can. The truth is that treatment can take weeks or months depending on the severity of your situation and what needs to be done. For most patients, an oral appliance is the perfect solution in and of itself. For others, orthodontics or restorations may be needed to realign teeth to reduce grinding for the long term.

Can orthodontics help TMJ pain?

Orthodontics can often be a great solution for correcting painful TMJ problems. A misaligned jaw joint can affect the way your upper and lower teeth line up, which not only poses risks for dental damage and oral health issues but also creates widespread discomfort. Dr. Farrell can determine whether orthodontics or a custom mouthguard would work best for your TMJ disorder.

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