TMJ & Headache Treatment in Grand Rapids
Effective treatment for bite alignment and headache problems
“TMJ” refers to the temporomandibular joint: the place where your lower jaw is hinged to your skull. This is often said to be the most powerful joint in the human body, and when problems exist with it – known as TMJ Disorder, or TMD – it can be a source of great discomfort and complications.
We’ve helped hundreds of people alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ Disorder. We offer different oral appliances that are custom-fitted to treat you effectively.
What is TMJ disorder or TMD?
The malfunction of the TMJ can occur in the joint itself, or in the muscles around the joint, or both. The joint can be out of alignment from an injury, arthritis or a structural problem present since birth. The muscles could be straining or habitually contracted due to teeth grinding, poor posture or stress. Both the joint and muscle can be affected by a bad bite.
Whatever the reason for your TMD, you can be helped by Drs. VanderLugt and Mulder.
Our TMD treatment procedure
The first step in treating TMD is an examination of your mouth and jaw area. We delicately manipulate your jaw and check the joint and muscles for any sign of misalignment, muscle tension or other signs of TMD. We listen to your concerns and do any needed X-rays.
Depending on your individual situation, we will take impressions and custom-fit one of our various oral appliances for you. We usually use an NTI splint or a Brux-eze® splint. These gently and gradually adjust your bite while you sleep and prevent you from wearing down your teeth – a common side effect of TMD!
Symptoms of TMJ disorder
Signs you suffer from TMJ Disorder may include:
- Teeth grinding
- Jaw pain or tiredness of the jaw when chewing
- Clicking or popping sound when opening or closing the mouth
- Pain when yawning
- Locking of the jaw
- Gravelly sound in the jaw when chewing
- Stiffness or pain in the jaw muscles
To make an appointment, call 616.455.8400 or click here to request an appointment online.