TMJ

TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders are a family of problems related to your jaw joint. If you have had symptoms like pain or a “clicking” sound, you’ll be glad to know that these problems are more easily diagnosed and treated than they were in the past. These symptoms occur when the joints of the jaw and the chewing muscles do not work together correctly. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the name for each joint (right and left) that connects your jaw to your skull. Since some types of TMJ problems can lead to more serious conditions, early detection and treatment are important.

No one treatment can resolve TMJ disorders completely and treatment takes time to become effective. Dr. Urbanek and Dr. Urbina can help you have a healthier, more comfortable jaw.

Trouble with your jaw?

TMJ disorders develop for many reasons. You might clench or grind your teeth, tightening your jaw muscles and stressing your TM joint. You may have a damaged jaw joint due to injury or disease. Injuries and arthritis can damage the joint directly or stretch or tear the muscle ligaments. As a result, the disk, which is made of cartilage and functions as the “cushion” of the jaw joint, can slip out of position. Whatever the cause, the results may include a misaligned bite, pain, clicking, or grating noise when you open your mouth, or trouble opening your mouth wide.

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Do You Have a TMJ Disorder?

  • Are you aware of grinding or clenching your teeth?
  • Do you wake up with sore, stiff muscles around your jaws?
  • Do you have frequent headaches or neck aches?
  • Does the pain get worse when you clench your teeth?
  • Does stress make your clenching and pain worse?
  • Does your jaw click, pop, grate, catch, or lock when you open your mouth?
  • Is it difficult or painful to open your mouth, eat, or yawn?
  • Have you ever injured your neck, head, or jaws?
  • Have you had problems (such as arthritis) with other joints?
  • Do you have teeth that no longer touch when you bite?
  • Do your teeth meet differently from time to time?
  • Is it hard to use your front teeth to bite or tear food?
  • Are your teeth sensitive, loose, broken or worn?

The more times you answered “yes”, the more likely it is that you have a TMJ disorder. Understanding TMJ disorders will also help you understand how they are treated.

TMJ Treatment

There are various treatment options for TMJ that Drs. Urbanek and Urbina can utilize to improve the harmony and function of your jaw. Once an evaluation confirms a diagnosis of TMJ disorder, Drs. Urbanek or Urbina will determine the proper course of treatment. It is important to note that treatment always works best with a team approach of self-care combined with professional care.

The initial goals are to relieve the muscle spasms and joint pain. This is usually accomplished with a pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, or muscle relaxant. Steroids can be injected directly into the joints to reduce pain and inflammation. Self-care treatments can often be effective as well and include:

  • Resting your jaw
  • Keeping your teeth apart when you are not swallowing or eating
  • Eating soft foods
  • Applying ice and heat
  • Exercising your jaw
  • Practicing good posture

Stress management techniques such as biofeedback or physical therapy may also be recommended, as well as a temporary, clear plastic appliance known as a TMJ Device. A TMJ Device (or nightguard) fits over your top or bottom teeth and helps keep your teeth apart, thereby relaxing the muscles and reducing pain. There are different types of appliances used for different purposes. A nightguard helps you stop clenching or grinding your teeth and reduces muscle tension at night. It also helps to protect the cartilage and joint surfaces. An anterior positioning appliance moves your jaw forward, relieves pressure on parts of your jaw, and aids in disk repositioning. It may be worn 24 hours/day to help your jaw heal. An orthotic stabilization appliance is worn 24 hours/day, or just at night, to move your jaw into proper position. Appliances also help protect tooth wear.

What about bite correction or surgery?

If your TMJ disorder has caused problems with how your teeth fit together you may need treatment such as bite adjustment (equilibration), orthodontics with or without jaw reconstruction, or restorative dental work. Surgical options, such as arthroscopy and open joint repair restructuring, are sometimes needed, but are reserved for severe cases. Drs. Urbanek and Urbina do not consider TMJ surgery unless the jaw can’t open, is dislocated and non-reducible, has severe degeneration, or the patient has undergone appliance treatment unsuccessfully.

Ready to schedule a consultation with Dr. Urbanek or Dr. Urbina?

Call our office at TMJ Services Office Phone Number 615-771-1983 or request an appointment online.

TMJ Services

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I started having symptoms one day when I was 15. I woke up and couldn’t unlock my jaw. I lived with pain in the right side of my jaw until my junior year of college where the other side started locking up and hurting. I couldn’t eat and I could hardly talk. I had headaches, pain, ear aches, and many other symptoms. I came here hoping to get some pain relief and this device has changed my life. 99% of my symptoms have been relieved within 6 months. I’m extremely happy with the care I have received and recommend this to anyone who has been experiencing any jaw popping, pain, or tenderness for several years.

- Kenzie D

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After wearing this device for two months, my headaches are gone and I can feel that my jaw is in a relaxed state when not wearing it. Overall, I feel so much better than before.

- T L

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With this treatment, I was really ready to rid of the pain . Whenever the doctor told me to do the treatment and I started to see less pain and doing the whole 24/7 thing with the device . It made a wold of difference . Please follow the doctors instructions and put your device in it’s case bc my dogs got a hold of my first device

- Robert O

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Was a great expience, I would suggest if you have jaw issues this is where I would go.

- Jesse G

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I was fourteen years old when I first started coming here and I was in severe pain. Most mornings I woke up with my jaw locked. It’s been a little over a year and I’m almost pain free. I’m so glad I found Dr. Urbanek and I highly recommend him.

- Cara S

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15 years ago was the start of my TMJ journey,My first symptoms were popping of the jaw anytime I opened my mouth for anything other than everyday conversation.Popping and cracking became a norm for years. In college one morning I woke up and my jaw had locked closed.I could barely open my mouth at all. I went to see a doctor, who specialized in TMJ also. I still remember him telling me my jaw wasn’t really locked as he attempted to physically pry my mouth open. After this ,the disks In my jaw were dislocated but no longer locked and was given physical therapy exercise to help relieve pain. That is when my migraines began. I went to see Dr.Hudson and my disks were dislocated. I had both sides of my jaw scoped two different times, both sides at once and then each side again independently trying to allow the disks to go back into place. When non of these options worked, I was given multiple rounds of Botox to relieve the muscle tension around my the jaw joint. Those were not helpful either for the tension or the migraines. So I gave up treatments while in college as nothing was working. After. college, I was missing a Or of work due to migraines. I was having roughly 15 migraines a month. I went to the doctor and since then have tried a handful of different medications for my migraines, none fully alleviating them. I still had migraines once/twice a week. I also started going to the chiropractor and began having massages for my TMJ. This was helpful and did relax my jaw muscles but still not a fix for my migraines. Roughly 2 months ago my TMJ flare up was so painful that I began looking for another option and that’s when I came across TMJ Services. After only 1 month of wearing Dr. Urbanek’s device, I had 75% of my symptoms relieved that I began with. After 2 months I’m now at 90% of my symptoms relieved. In the past month I have only had 2 migraines total and was able to stop my migraine medicine. Going to TMJ Services has been one of the best decisions of my life. I can actually function on a day to day basis and not worry about jaw pain, neck pain and migraines. 15 years later and I finally have relief and it’s the BEsT feeling!

- Mallory D

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I have had severe jaw joint pain for the last 11 years and it caused severe pain in my mouth and jaw, migraines, neck and upper back and chest pain. I came to TMJ Services of Brentwood three weeks ago and got my urbanec device and just within the last three weeks of wearing my device most of all my symptoms have approved greatly!

- Jennifer S

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I went from having excruciating pain to no pain at all in only a few weeks!

- Lucas W

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I came after wearing a mouth guard for years, but was experiencing jaw & ear pain. Within a month or so, I really noticed how much less pain I was in & I was sleeping better too! It was a mind blown moment for me at my first apt when I found out all the things my clenching was causing, not just the jaw pain. Urbanek’s device prevents my back teeth from touching, where a regular mouth guard did not! It really is the best investment I’ve made in myself! I can’t sleep without it!

- Jennifer B

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When I came to them I was in pretty extreme pain and was having lots of other dental problems because of my teeth clinching and grinding and getting my TMJ device has been a godsend!!! My pain has almost completely gone with only slight flare up’s. I’m so glad I did this for my health and well-being!! Thank you so much for solving my pain issues I’m forever grateful.

- Kristy G

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I was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia in 2010 and put on medication that I was told I’d be taking possibly for the rest of my life. I decided to get a second opinion, after being on medication for more than 10 years and no improvement in my jaw pain. I connected with TMJ Services. After now wearing my device for several months, the pain I was having in my left jaw has almost disappeared completely.

- Gaylon T

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When I came in for my first appointment, I was experiencing 7 out of 10 pain levels every day. It hurt to chew on my left side, sometimes the pain was so bad that swallowing hurt. I tried physical therapy and a chiropractor with little relief. Within 48 hours of wearing the device my pain was 50% better. At 4 weeks with the device, my pain levels have improved by 85%. I am so happy with my decision to come to TMJ Services and follow through with this treatment plan.

- Jocelyn A

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I started in a lot of pain, but when I got put in the retainer it started to help. I had really bad headaches and my jaw was always popping. The retainer really helped my jaw from hurting and popping and helped my pain almost completely stop.

- Cambree M

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I came here with the worst jaw pain I could have ever imagined, so the amazing doctors here helped me figure out what was happening and got me on a plan. This TMJ device has helped my symptoms tremendously decrease. I would definitely recommend these Doctor for any jaw pain, ache, or discomfort.

- Sarah K

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Was referred through ENT for ear pain, headaches, popping jaw, & overall discomfort/pain in the facial and shoulder area. Was fitted for and received my device. After wearing the device for the prescribed time, symptoms decreased by 85%. Very happy with the experience, and the knowledge given during my appointments by staff.

- Brittany M

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The docs and staff here are very professional and make each visit easy and comfortable. I’ve had a great experience these past few months and am looking forward to more amazing progress!

- Taylor B

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I struggled with migraines and dizziness for over 8years. I was diagnosed with minears disease by my ENT. They tried steroid shots in my eardrum, Botox shots in the top of my head and even removing my wisdom teeth. Still no luck. I saw doctors, ENT, and neurologist in hopes of finding a cure but no luck. The there was sleep doctor at St Thomas that refused to give me a second sleep test because she was convinced it was TMJ. She told me to google Dr Urbanek. I met with him and he told me he didn’t care what I had been diagnosed with by any other doctor. And he had 10 questions he wanted to ask me. I met the criteria of 9 of those questions. So we moved forward on making a splint. After just 2 weeks my headaches went away and after a few months the dizziness went away. The ears take longer to heal he explained. This device changed my life. I was in a major depression as well as spent thousands of dollars trying to get better with no luck. This was the best thing I have ever bought in my whole life. I am able to enjoy life again. If you suffer from theses same problems please come see him. I promise you will be the happiest you have ever been in just a couple weeks. This device is a game changer. I recommend this a 100 out of 100. Don’t wait any longer.

- Josh B

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My TMJ brace has helped so much! Pain has gone way down: both for headaches and earaches. Grateful I found this solution!

- Emily M

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I highly recommend anyone suffering from TMJ problems to visit Dr Urbanek I have suffered for years with TMJ I have improved in the first week by using the device i have no jaw pain, no headaches, and no ear pain. Thanks to the wonderful doctors and staff.

- Anonymous

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My symptoms consisted of headaches and jaw pain that slowly started to move into my right ear. Dr. Urbanek was the first to know and understand what was going on, since using this device my symptoms are almost completely gone !!

- Kazdyn B

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