Treatment for TMJ Pain in Auburn, IA
Does your jaw hurt when you’re talking or eating? Do you hear popping noises when opening or closing your mouth? If so, you could be suffering from TMJ Disorder (TMD).
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
TMJ has a variety of symptoms, including:
- Pain or Swelling in the TMJ Region
- Clicking or popping noises when you move your jaw
- Neck pain
- Tinnitus (ringing in your ears)
- Clenching or grinding your teeth
- Pain when eating
If you notice any of these symptoms, call Dr. Heffelfinger right away at 260-925-4290. We’ll make it stop hurting, so you can live and eat in comfort.
What Is TMJ Disorder?
You have two temporomandibular joints (TMJ) — they’re located just below your ears. They work like hinges, allowing your jaw to move in several directions.
TMJ Disorder (TMD) is a condition that affects one or both of your temporomandibular joints. The most frequent cause of TMD is bruxism, which is clenching and teeth grinding that often occurs at night while you sleep. Additional factors that contribute to TMD include arthritis, chewing hard objects such as ice, or an injury caused by a blow to the region.
We’ll Find the Treatment That’s Right for You
Dr. Nate Heffelfinger has years of experience and special training in providing TMJ care. In fact, he’s a graduate of the Kois Center in Seattle where he’s completed advanced training in occlusion, the science of how your teeth fit together when you bite down.
When you meet with Dr. Heffelfinger, he’ll ask you a series of questions about how your TMD is affecting your life. Then he’ll use specialized diagnostic equipment to find the source of your pain.
We feature a number of treatment options for TMD, such as physical therapy, lifestyle changes, and stress management techniques. Many of our patients in Auburn have found relief using oral appliance therapy. This device is custom-fitted by Dr. Heffelfinger to protect you from clenching and grinding while you sleep.
Your Family Dentist in Auburn, IA
Dr. Nate Heffelfinger and our outstanding team provide complete dental care for the whole family, including regular checkups and pediatric care. Give us a call at 260-925-4290 to learn more today. We can’t wait to meet you.