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TMJ Treatment in Russell, KY

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Dr. Kim Arnold Family Dentistry provides TMJ treatment in Russell, KY. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Arnold or learn more about our services, please call our office at (606) 836-6022.

What Is TMJ?

TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint. These joints connect the lower jaw or mandible to the skull. When they become inflamed, you may develop TMJ syndrome. TMJ syndrome causes a great deal of discomfort in the jaw joints, which can spread to the face and neck.

TMJ does not always have a clear cause. Arthritis, joint displacement, genetics, or habits like jaw clenching may have an impact. Traumatic jaw injury can cause the disorder. TMJ and stress often go hand-in-hand.


Signs You Need TMJ Treatment

  • Pain in the jaw, in the TMJ joint, or in the chewing muscles
  • Stiff jaw
  • Pain spreading to the neck or face
  • Limited jaw movement or jaw locking
  • Grating, popping, or clicking noises accompanied by pain
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears or hearing loss
  • Altered dental bite

Why Choose Dr. Kim Arnold Family Dentistry?

Our unique dental practice combines high-tech treatments with warmth and kindness. When you arrive at our office, you will immediately feel welcome. Our talented dental team will help you feel at ease and focus on solving your dental problems.

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TMJ Treatment Options

Non-Invasive Treatment

Eat softer foods while you are experiencing TMJ pain. Use heat or cold packs on the face to help with swelling and stiffness. The doctor can demonstrate at-home exercises to stretch your muscles and build strength.

Try to avoid clenching your jaw. Avoid chewing gum or biting your nails. Avoid wide jaw movements like singing, yawning, or yelling when your TMJ is active.

Relaxing activities like yoga and meditation may help reduce muscle tension. You may want to take over-the-counter pain medication like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Occlusal Splints

Dr. Arnold may prescribe an intraoral appliance or splint to relax your jaws while you sleep.

Advanced Treatment

In extreme cases, surgery may be necessary. Most cases of TMJ can receive successful treatment from non-surgical sources.

Frequently Asked Questions About TMJ Treatment

Will TMJ go away on its own?
Sometimes, the disorder does go away on its own. While you are experiencing a flare-up, it is best to try non-surgical pain relief options to help you feel your best.
Can TMJ result from a car accident?
A car accident may involve injury to your jaw. Jaw injury is a top cause of TMJ.
If my jaw pops and clicks without pain, do I have TMJ?
Popping, clicking, and grating noises without pain do not need TMJ treatment. However, if discomfort accompanies these noises, see your dentist.
Should I see a doctor or dentist for TMJ?
Follow your personal preference in choosing a practitioner to treat your TMJ. The advantage of seeing a dentist is that they can prescribe tools like occlusal splints. They are also more familiar with jaw issues than most physicians.
What is the main cause of TMJ?
Often, TMJ does not have a clear cause. However, it often happens when a patient suffers a jaw injury or has arthritis in the joint.

Call Dr. Kim Arnold Family Dentistry

If you have any of the above signs of TMJ syndrome, call our Russell, KY, office at (606) 836-6022. We can schedule a consultation with Dr. Arnold to discuss your treatment options, restoring your comfort and quality of life.

Contact our office today to schedule your appointment!

Dr. Kim Arnold Family Dentistry
850 Diederich Blvd.
Russell, KY 41169