TMJ TreatmentManchester, CT

Welcome to Manchester Family Dental, where we offer specialized treatment for TMJ disorders, providing relief and comfort to those experiencing issues with their jaw joint and muscles. Our practice in Manchester, CT, is committed to understanding and addressing the complexities of TMJ disorders with the utmost care. We understand that issues with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can affect more than just your jaw, impacting your overall quality of life. That’s why we’re dedicated to offering a range of effective treatment options tailored to meet each patient’s unique needs.

At Manchester Family Dental, we believe in a holistic approach to dental care, where treating TMJ disorders is integral to maintaining oral health and overall well-being. If you’re experiencing discomfort or other symptoms related to TMJ, our team is here to provide expert care in a friendly, comforting, and professional environment.

What Is The TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a pivotal component of your jaw, intricately designed to facilitate a wide range of movements. Located on each side of your skull, these joints connect your lower jawbone to the temporal bones of your skull, situated just in front of each ear. They are responsible for the up and down, side-to-side movements of the jaw, enabling essential functions such as talking, chewing, swallowing, and yawning. 

Unlike most other joints in the body, the TMJ combines a hinge action with sliding motions. The parts of the bones that interact in the joint are covered with cartilage and are separated by a small shock-absorbing disk, which usually keeps the movement smooth. The complexity and constant use of these joints make them susceptible to a range of issues, commonly referred to as temporomandibular disorders (TMD).

What Is TMD?

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) encompasses a variety of conditions that affect the health and functionality of the TMJ and the muscles responsible for jaw movement. The precise cause of an individual’s TMD may be difficult to determine due to its multifactorial nature. Factors contributing to TMD include:

  • Jaw injuries: Trauma to the jaw or the joint itself can lead to TMD.
  • Arthritis: Different forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid or osteoarthritis, can affect the TMJ.
  • Bruxism: Bruxism refers to the habitual grinding or clenching of teeth, often unconsciously and sometimes during sleep, which can put undue pressure on the TMJ.
  • Dental misalignment: Malocclusion, where the teeth do not align properly, can cause stress on the TMJ during chewing or other jaw movements.
  • Stress: Emotional or psychological stress can manifest as physical tension in the jaw muscles, exacerbating TMD symptoms.

Signs & Symptoms

Common signs and symptoms of TMD include the following:

  • Discomfort or tenderness in the jaw
  • Aching discomfort in and around the ear
  • Difficulty or discomfort while chewing
  • Aching facial discomfort
  • Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close the mouth
  • Clicking or grating sounds in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth

The Importance Of Treatment

Treating TMD is vital for several reasons. Without proper management, TMD can lead to chronic issues that significantly impact your daily life. Persistent discomfort in the jaw can hinder basic functions like eating and speaking, potentially leading to nutritional deficiencies or speech difficulties. Over time, untreated TMD can also cause wear and tear on the teeth, leading to dental problems such as tooth sensitivity, erosion, or even tooth loss. Moreover, TMD can contribute to changes in how the teeth fit together, which can affect your bite and overall oral health.

Effective treatment alleviates immediate discomfort and prevents the development of these more severe complications. It can significantly improve your quality of life by restoring normal jaw function and reducing discomfort during everyday activities. At Manchester Family Dental, we emphasize the importance of early intervention and customized treatment plans for TMD, ensuring that each patient receives the care they need to enjoy a comfortable and healthy life.

Treatment Solutions

Our treatment solutions for TMD are diverse and tailored to individual needs. Please read below to explore how we can treat and minimize the symptoms of your TMD.


A nightguard is a custom-made device worn during sleep to prevent teeth grinding and clenching, which are common causes of TMD. It helps alleviate strain on the jaw joints and muscles, providing relief from symptoms.

Occlusal Adjustment

Occlusal adjustment involves reshaping the biting surfaces of the teeth to ensure proper alignment and reduce stress on the TMJ. This can be an effective treatment for TMD caused by bite problems.

Surgical Intervention

In more severe cases, surgical intervention may be considered. This could include procedures to repair the joint. Surgery is typically viewed as a last resort after other treatment options have been exhausted.

Taking The Steps To Ensure Jaw Health

At Manchester Family Dental, we are committed to providing comprehensive care for those suffering from TMJ disorders. Our team of professionals is equipped with the knowledge and skills to diagnose and treat TMD effectively, ensuring that you receive the care you need in a supportive and understanding environment. 

If you are experiencing symptoms of TMD or if you have concerns about your TMJ health, please contact us to schedule an appointment. Let us help you find relief and improve your quality of life. Your comfort and well-being are our top priorities.

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