TMJ Therapy in Basalt and Aspen, CO

Understanding TMJ Disorder

We understand how difficult it is to live with pain in your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The small joint acts like a hinge that connects your jawbone and skull together, allowing you to control your jaw movement.

When you experience pain in your joint and jaw muscles, it’s known as TMJ disorder (TMD). Sometimes, finding the cause of TMD is hard to determine because it can be due to a variety of factors such as genetics, arthritis, or injury.

Here at Elevate Dental Wellness, we can help relieve the discomfort in your TMJ and provide you with self-managed care recommendations. Learning about the possible symptoms of TMD is the first step to finding effective care.

man holding his jaw in pain

Symptoms of TMD

There are a variety of symptoms you might notice first before other indications of the disorder are apparent, but the best thing to do if you recognize these signs is to visit us right away so we can diagnose it.

Along with pain in your jaw and joints, other symptoms of TMD include:

  • Headaches
  • Aching in and around your ears
  • Clenching of the jaw
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Locking of the joint
  • Troubles with opening and closing your mouth
  • Facial pain
  • Clicking sounds when chewing

Finding Treatment for TMD

Many times, Drs. Van Gorden or Steinbach will be the first ones to recognize your TMJ disorder. They may listen to and feel your jaw when you open and close your mouth, see how far you’re able to open it, and identify any pain areas around your jaw. Next, we may take dental X-rays or CT scans to get a closer look at your teeth, jaw, and joints.

If our team of doctors confirms that you suffer from TMD, they’ll begin treatment with an occlusal splint or bite adjustment, and suggest various at-home treatments that can help alleviate your pain.

Joyful young woman undergoing clear-aligner treatment

Occlusal splints and bite adjustment mouthguards are both custom-made to fit over your teeth, helping to realign your joints and stop you from overworking your muscles. These appliances will help improve your chewing abilities and ensure your mouth and jaw are functioning properly.

Additional ways you can reduce your pain at home include:

  • Pain relievers and anti-inflammatories
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Jaw exercises
  • Heat or ice treatments

Relieve Your TMJ Pain Today

There’s no need to live with jaw or head pain anymore. Drs. Van Gorden and Steinbach will work closely with you to try different approaches until you’re no longer experiencing discomfort in your jaw. Schedule your consultation with us today to get started on finding the right TMJ disorder treatment for you.