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St. Paul TMJ Dentist Explains TMJ Causes and Treatments

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Tempro-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction, nicknamed TMJ is a condition that causes painful symptoms including severe headaches, jaw pain, teeth grinding, and ringing in the ears. Those suffering from TMJ are well aware that the symptoms can greatly impact everyday life. Patients who visit Dr. Malterud and team with the St. Paul TMJ Dentist to discuss their symptoms are delighted to learn that the underlying cause of these problems can effectively be treated by the Dentist.

A misaligned dental bite often causes patients to experience symptoms of TMJ. Many fear that treating TMJ will be a difficult task; however the St. Paul TMJ Dentist is often times able to adjust the bite without painful surgery. Commonly, patients with TMJ suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding) especially during the night. Over time, teeth grinding can erode the structure of the teeth, leading to more serious dental problems in the future. Erosion of the jawbone may occur if TMJ is not treated. It is important for anyone experiencing symptoms of TMJ to visit the dentist for an exact diagnosis.

Many dental problems cause TMJ, but a misaligned dental bite is the most common. A “bite analysis” is the best long-term solution as the dental team is able to evaluate the balance between the jaw joint, the jaw muscles, and the way that the teeth touch. Once a patient is diagnosed, an FDA-approved device designed to effectively reduce headaches and migraines may be used during treatment. The device works with the mouth and jaw to ease pain.

Contacting the dentist is the only way to determine the cause and the best treatment option for TMJ symptoms. Contact our dental team today to arrange a free consultation, so that we may help make painful TMJ symptoms a thing of the past!

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