TMD/TMJ Treatment in Iowa City, IA
Comprehensive Care & Long-Term Relief From Our Highly Experienced Provider
Temporomandibular joint disorder, also called TMD or TMJ, develops when uneven stress or strain puts excessive pressure on the joints of your jaw, causing your muscles and joints to become irritated and inflamed. If you suspect you’re suffering from TMD/TMJ in Iowa City, IA, our expert orthodontist and his team can help.
How TMJ Occurs
With TMD/TMJ, the teeth on your upper and lower jaws typically work in pairs, so when you chew or bite down, the pressure on your joints should be distributed evenly. TMJ can occur when this pressure becomes uneven, for example, if crooked or missing teeth cause you to have an uneven bite balance. Chronic tooth grinding (bruxism) can also cause or contribute to TMJ.
Symptoms of TMJ
TMJ rarely resolves on its own, and unless it gets properly treated, its symptoms can grow much more severe over time. So, it’s important to see our orthodontist sooner rather than later.
As your jaw joints become more inflamed and irritated, you may develop persistent jaw pain and chronic headaches. You could also experience clicking or “popping” noises when you chew, as well as muscle spasms, facial or neck pain, and hearing difficulties such as ringing sensations or “stuffiness” in your ears. Sometimes, your jaw can temporarily “lock” in an open position after you’ve yawned or opened your mouth very wide.
Treatment for TMJ
When treating a temporomandibular joint disorder, Dr. Mergen will focus on finding ways to realign and re-balance your teeth and bite in order to reduce uneven strain on the jaw joints. The proper orthodontic diagnosis and treatment can provide a stable bite relationship that in turn reduces and many times eliminates the TMJ symptoms. Correcting the underlying problem is the key to eliminate the symptoms, providing long-term relief and allows you to get rid of nightguards and medications. You do not have to continue to suffer!
Schedule Your Complimentary Appointment for TMD/TMJ in Iowa City, IA, Today!
To learn more about our 5-star-rated treatment for TMD-TMJ, schedule your Mergen Smile Assessment today by calling 319-688-0800 or by clicking here to use our convenient online form. Your appointment includes:
- Office Tour
- Complimentary Snack & Beverage
- Thorough Exam
- Digital X-Rays
- 3D Digital Imaging of Your Teeth
- In-Depth Consultation
- And More!
- A $567 Value – Yours for FREE!
During your assessment, our team will be happy to answer all your questions about our orthodontic treatments, our office, our flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know about us!
Enjoy a complimentary teeth whitening kit after treatment – a $199 value, yours for FREE!
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We’re so confident you’ll love your experience at Mergen Orthodontics, we back it up with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you are less than satisfied with the care you receive from our team, simply let us know and we’ll do what it takes to make it right. It’s our promise to you!
As one of the premier orthodontic practices in Iowa City, IA, our team at Mergen Orthodontics also provides 5-star-rated orthodontic care to children and adults in Coralville, North Liberty & Solon, IA, and surrounding areas.