TMJ Treatment

If you have popping or locking in your jaw, our dentist may recommend TMJ treatment in South Bend, Indiana. Dr. Jeffrey Turner uses this treatment to realign your jaw, allowing you to move the joint without any discomfort. Schedule a visit at University Park Family Dentistry by calling 574-272-4441 to learn more details about this service.

TMJ therapy, also known as temporomandibular joint treatment, is focused on correcting a misaligned jaw. TMJ, or TMD, is a disorder that happens when the joint that connects to the lower jaw becomes injured or shifts out of place, causing discomfort and misalignment. This most often happens due to teeth grinding (bruxism), arthritis, and head, neck or jaw injury.

Common symptoms of TMJ are:

  • Headaches
  • Discomfort in the neck, shoulders and ears
  • Trouble chewing and talking
  • Locked jaw
  • Difficulty opening the mouth wide
  • Popping or clicking sounds in the jaw

Our dentist may suggest different treatment options, depending on the severity of your TMJ disorder. These options can include muscle exercises, dietary changes, a mouth or night guard, and, in more intensive cases, jaw surgery. After determining the extent of the treatment needed, our dentist will create a treatment plan with you to help you find the relief you need.

If you have recently had severe trauma to the head, neck or shoulders, we recommend also seeing your family physician or checking in to the emergency room before seeking treatment from our dentist.

For more information about our treatments for TMJ disorder, contact our dental office and schedule an appointment with our knowledgeable dentist today.