TMJ Therapy – Billerica, MA

Relieving Chronic Jaw Pain with Customized Therapy

TMJ dysfunction, also sometimes referred to as TMD, is a common condition that is estimated to impact 12 percent of people in the country. Not only can it cause routine discomfort, but it can also be a sign of underlying oral issues that need to be addressed, like bite misalignment or ill-fitting dental restorations. Our team will do whatever we can to get to the bottom of the issue and help provide you with lasting relief by planning a customized TMJ therapy in Billerica, MA.

Why Choose Grateful Dentists for TMJ Therapy?

  • We Accept Dental Insurance
  • Customized Protective Mouthguards
  • We See Patients of All Ages

What is TMJ Dysfunction?

Woman in need of T M J therapy holding jaw

TMJ dysfunction is when the two joints that anchor your jaw to your skull (temporomandibular joints) aren’t functioning properly due to sustaining too much force or damage. Some common signs of this condition include:

  • Tenderness in the jaw
  • Pain in both jaw joints
  • Aching in the ears or face
  • Clicking or popping when you open your mouth
  • Lockjaw
  • Nightly teeth grinding

Equilibration/ Occlusal Adjustments

Animated jaw and skull bone showing need for equilibration and occlusal adjustment

Equilibration, or occlusal adjustment, is a simple procedure where we will check your bite and adjust the shape of your teeth to help them come together more functionally. This will ensure that one jaw joint it being overworked more than the other every time you chew your food. Sometimes, TMJ dysfunction can occur as a result of ill-fitting dental restorations as well, which we can address with equilibration.

Occlusal Splints

Hand holding an occlusal splint

Occlusal splints are durable mouthguards that you’ll wear at night to slightly adjust the alignment of your jaw to take pressure off of the joints. It will also protect your teeth from grinding against each other to keep them from becoming fractured or damaged. Eventually, your occlusal splint will provide you with long-term relief by gradually altering the position of your jaw.