TMJ Treatment

The TMJ (tempromandibular joint) is a flexible hinge joint connecting the temporal bone of the skull to the mandible (lower jaw) controlling all jaw movements.  TMJ syndrome is the effects of strain, stress and trauma to the tempromandibular joint.  When this joint is strained, the jaw clenches and causes teeth grinding, muscle soreness and inflammation leading to blockage of circulation, build-up of lactic acid, toxins, and adhesions over time.  Those who have TMJ Syndrome generally experience tenderness, weakness, soreness and mild to severe pain affecting daily life, especially sleep. 

Symptoms of TMJ Syndrome:

  • Tenderness to pressure in cheeks, jaw, forehead and temples.
  • Re-occurring headaches and migraines.
  • Stiff neck and shoulders.
  • Grinding of teeth.
  • Jaw popping or misalignment.
  • Trouble sleeping.
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty chewing and opening jaw.
  • Pain in the cheeks, head, and jaw.

Although TMJ disorder causes and symptoms are still not absolute, TMJ Syndrome is generally caused by stress, trauma or injury, dislocation, or osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.  When the joint is strained, TMJ Syndrome generally progresses to grinding and resulting in heavy wear, sensitivity, soreness, chips, cracks, and breaking of the teeth.

Treatment for TMJ Syndrome

The most effective non-surgical treatment of TMJ Syndrome is custom made NTI Device (Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition Tension Suppression System) with Dr. Goodman.  The NTI Device is a small, acrylic, clear mouth guard worn at night that fits between your front top and bottom teeth.  This prevents the posterior teeth from contacting each other.  This device is designed to be worn long term to suppress and eliminate the reflex to clench and grind.  If more invasive treatment is needed beyond the NTI Device, then Dr. Goodman will refer you out to a specialist.  

John P. Goodman, DDS

John P. Goodman, DDS We Give Kansas City a Reason to Smile!

Dr. John Goodman has more than two decades of experience serving the community of Kansas City, MO. He offers a comprehensive range of services to address all types of dental problems, and he accepts CareCredit® financing to make treatment as accessible as possible. 

To request a consultation, please fill out our online form or call us at (816) 842-8585.

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