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TMJ & TMD Treatment

TMJ TMD Treatment O'Fallon MOIf you suffer from chronic jaw pain or tension headaches, you may benefit from Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) treatment. This jaw disorder, although it is common, can wreak havoc on your smile and quality of life if left untreated. Dr. Schwarz carries special knowledge and training in treating TMJ & TMD and the associated problems within the muscles, tissues and bones of the jaw joint. Our practice uses the latest, most proven TMD treatments with our general dentistry treatments, so that you can regain a more comfortable smile for years to come.

Jaw Pain Symptoms and Treatment

Jaw pain symptoms can be addressed in a variety of ways. Before initiating your treatment plan, Dr. Schwarz will conduct a series of diagnostic tests to determine the cause of your symptoms. Although teeth grinding is the leading cause of TMD, your jaw joint problems can be attributed to habitual gum chewing, fingernail biting, trauma to the jaws, stress and other factors.

At Riverheart Family Dentistry, we treat common TMD symptoms including:

  • Headaches
  • Jaw pain or discomfort
  • Ear pain or dizziness
  • Bite problems
  • Clicking or popping of the jaw
  • Frequent jaw locking

For patients whose TMJ problems are caused by teeth grinding, a custom-fit nighttime mouthguard may be recommended. Other patients may require a correction of bite abnormality with orthodontics, dental restorations or the adjustment of bridges and crowns. Regardless of what is causing your jaw disorder, you can trust our dental team to relieve your symptoms with skilled expertise and a gentle, patient-centered approach.

If jaw pain is disrupting your daily function, contact Riverheart Family Dentistry today. We are equipped to address all aspects of your smile with services in general, restorative and cosmetic dentistry. As always, you can expect comfortable care and a rewarding experience with Dr. Schwarz.