Need Relief? See JL Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Boulder, CO. for TMJ/TMD Treatment

When you’re dealing with chronic jaw pain, it can impact your quality of life. The good news? Dr. Jose Lopez at JL Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers effective TMJ/TMD treatments right here in Boulder, CO.

What is TMJ/TMD?

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) affects the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which connects your jawbone to your skull. TMD can cause persistent pain, clicking or popping sounds, and difficulties opening and closing your mouth.

Causes of TMD

TMD can be triggered by various factors, including:

  • Jaw injury or dislocation
  • Arthritis in the TMJ
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Stress, which can lead to muscle tension in the jaw
  • Misaligned teeth or bite

Symptoms of TMD

Look out for these common TMD symptoms:

  • Persistent jaw pain
  • Difficulty opening or closing the mouth
  • Clicking or popping noises when you open your mouth
  • Earache or headache
  • Locking of the jaw

Connections to Sleep Apnea

TMD and sleep apnea often occur together. That’s because the root cause — an issue with the oral and maxillofacial region — is the same. If you’re diagnosed with TMD, it’s important to be evaluated for sleep apnea as well, and vice versa.

Treatment Options

At JL Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer several treatment options, depending on the severity of your TMD. These include:

  • Pain relief measures: Over-the-counter pain relievers and hot or cold packs can provide temporary relief.

  • Mouth guards: These prevent teeth grinding, which can contribute to TMD.

  • Physical therapy: Exercises to stretch and strengthen the jaw muscles can be beneficial.

  • Dental work: If a misaligned bite is causing your TMD, dental procedures such as crowns, bridges, or braces may be recommended.

  • Lifestyle changes: Stress management techniques and a soft food diet can help relieve symptoms.

Dr. Lopez will assess your specific situation and recommend the best treatment plan for you.

Pricing and Insurance

At JL Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we believe everyone should have access to pain relief and improved quality of life. We strive to keep our treatments affordable and offer a variety of payment options. While insurance coverage for TMD treatments varies, our team will work with you to maximize your benefits.

Call Us Today to Schedule an Appointment

If you’re struggling with jaw pain and believe you may have TMD, don’t hesitate to reach out. Call us today at 303-442-5748 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lopez. At JL Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we’re committed to helping you live a healthier, pain-free life. Let’s take the first step together towards your relief.

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