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One of the most common causes of TMJ disorders is a misalignment of your bite, which places excessive stress on the joints. At Grand River Dental, our dentists can detect minute irregularities in your bite that may be causing this condition – and correct them.

What is TMJ?

Your temporomandibular joints are like hinges that connect your jawbone to your skull. When your jawbone is not perfectly aligned, it causes that joint to become weakened and inflamed, which causes a wide range of symptoms:

  • Pain and tenderness throughout your jaw
  • Pain localized to one or both of your temporomandibular joints
  • Ear pain
  • Weakness and difficulty chewing
  • Pain throughout your face, head, and neck
  • Joint locking, making it hard to open or close your mouth
  • Clicking noises when opening or closing your mouth

Many primary physicians struggle to identify the cause of these symptoms, as the misalignment of your jaw can be minor and difficult to detect without a comprehensive dental evaluation.

How is TMJ treated?

Each TMJ treatment in La Crosse WI is customized based on the underlying causes of your pain and discomfort. In minor cases, you may be able to alleviate the condition with at-home remedies such as mouth guards or jaw-strengthening exercises.

If your condition is more severe, our dentist will address look at what is causing the problem and may employ one of two effective options to correct it:

  • Teeth replacement or correction to fix a misaligned bite
  • Surgical correction of your temporomandibular joint and jaw to realign your jaw and correct the condition
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What Causes TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is the joint that connects your jaw to the base of your skull. This complicated joint is made up of a series of muscles, ligaments and bones that allow your jaw to move. When the temporomandibular joint is damaged, inflamed, or suffering from injury, it can lead to pain, or discomfort, in the area. This pain is commonly referred to as TMJ.

While TMJ can be caused by a variety of factors, some of the most common causes are:

  • Physical injury to the jaw or temporomandibular joints
  • Teeth grinding during sleep 
  • Jaw clenching during sleep
  • Arthritis, or other inflammatory disorders 
  • Stress
  • Poor posture
  • Misaligned bite
  • Excessive gum chewing

While it is sometimes difficult to determine the exact cause of TMJ, all of these factors put stress on the temporomandibular joints, which over time can lead to more pain and discomfort. At Grand River Dental our dentists can look for bite irregularities causing TMJ and help correct them. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.

Full-mouth reconstruction

One of the most effective ways to correct TMJ in Wisconsin is to undergo full-mouth reconstruction. This comprehensive treatment addresses every tooth, the relationship between your teeth and your jaw, and your jaw itself. Full-mouth reconstruction offers a wide range of benefits, including:

  • Relief from the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ
  • Bright, healthy, and natural-looking teeth
  • Results that can last a lifetime

At Grand River Dental in Wisconsin, our father-daughter team of dentists, Dr. Leo Malin and Dr. Rachel Malin, perform minimally invasive full-mouth reconstruction with highly advanced techniques and state-of-the-art equipment. The procedures involve very little pain, and we offer the revolutionary and drug-free NuCalm® deep relaxation system for added comfort and relief from anxiety.

Why choose Grand River Dental?

If you are considering TMJ treatment in Onalaska, you are likely experiencing pain and discomfort and need a lasting solution. Dr. Leo Malin has over three decades of experience and is responsible for developing several advances in modern dentistry. Our dentists are warm, caring, and dedicated to every patient, offering personalized care.  When you arrive at Grand River Dental, you will experience a level of comfort, professionalism, and care that is truly extraordinary. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!

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