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TMJ Madison WI Therapy Services

TMJ Therapy & Treatment in Madison

Total Care Dental offers TMJ therapy at our Madison clinic to relieve symptoms of TMJ sufferers. Temporomandibular joint pain can be a nuisance, so schedule a consultation with one of our specialists to learn more about your treatment options.

Understanding Temporomandibular Joint Pain

TMJ Joint Causes Dental problemsThe temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are located in front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet. It permits the lower jaw (mandible) to move up and down and side to side, allowing you to chew, talk and yawn.

TMJ disorders (TMD) are common and have a variety of symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Migraines
  • Limited ability to open your mouth
  • Jaw gets stuck open or closed
  • Tired facial muscles
  • Teeth not fitting together properly
  • Dizziness
  • Swelling
  • Upper shoulder pain

These uncomfortable symptoms of TMD can disrupt your daily life. Total Care Dental offers our patients the best in local dental health services, including TMJ therapy. Our Madison clinic helps provide life-changing relief from the symptoms TMJ sufferers experience. Schedule a consultation to learn more about your treatment options.

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What Causes TMJ?

Determining the cause of a TMJ problem is important to providing the most effective treatment. The parts of the bones that interact in the joint are covered with cartilage and separated by a small shock-absorbing disc, which normally keeps the movement smooth. Pain can occur if this disc erodes, or moves out of its proper alignment. This can be caused by arthritis damage to the joint’s cartilage, stress, grinding or clenching your teeth or if the joint is damaged by an accident.

How is TMJ Related to My Dental Health?

TMJ primarily causes pain throughout the mouth and jaw. The condition itself can lead to tooth damage from repeated grinding or clenching. Over time this will wear away at your teeth. Dental crowns or bridges may be necessary to repair a smile affected by TMJ.

Diagnosing TMJ is difficult, as many people experience different symptoms. Our dentists can provide X-rays and 3D imaging of your teeth to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis. Then treatment options can be explored to protect your teeth and jaw.

If you develop bruxism as a side effect of your TMJ, a custom-fit mouthguard from our dentists will reduce teeth grinding.

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Woman with TMJ DisorderConsult your Dental Specialist about Jaw Pain

To help determine the cause of your pain and to prepare for your TMJ appointment, consider making a list of information your dental specialist may ask for, such as:

  • When did you first notice your symptoms?
  • Have you experienced this problem before?
  • Are you more stressed than usual?
  • What medications and supplements do you take?
  • Do your symptoms come and go, or is the pain constant?
  • Does a particular activity trigger the pain?

Madison Man with TMD Pain


Temporary Home Remedies to Alleviate Pain

There is no cure for TMJ, but there are many ways to manage symptoms. Some temporary home remedies for TMJ pain include the following:

  • Avoid overuse of your jaw muscles by eating soft food and cutting food into smaller pieces
  • Apply heat or ice to your jaw to ease tension and pain
  • Carefully stretch and massage your jaw muscles


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Frequently Asked Questions About TMJ Therapy

What causes TMJ disorders?

Contact our Madison Dental Clinic for complete oral health care at 608-274-1911 or Request a Dental Appointment online!

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Dr. Brett Clark

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Dr. Jason Vandehaar

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Dr. Tammy Kalsow


Positive, loving, nurturing spirit. 

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