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TMJ Treatment Columbus OH

TMJ at Raptou Family Dental, Columbus, OH.The temporomandibular joint, abbreviated as TMJ, is the hinge that connects your mandibular or jaw joint to the skull. It performs several functions, aiding your mouth to bite, yawn, and chew. It also facilitates the opening and closing of the mouth by controlling the jaw muscles.

Temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) inhibit these functions, causing pain in the jaw joint and jaw muscles. Fortunately, our dentists at Raptou Family Dental can address these concerns with various treatment options.

The appropriate treatment varies based on the cause and symptoms. Here are the TMJ treatment options you can expect when you visit our office.

TMJ Therapies

Our dentists Nicholas P. Raptou, DDS and Isaac Raptou, DDS may recommend various TMJ therapies to treat temporomandibular disorders.

Physical therapy supports jaw pain relief, decreases inflammation, and improves joint mobilization. It also improves posture, helping you regain regular jaw function.

Another therapy for TMJ treatment is transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). This option employs low-level electrical current for pain relief around the jaw joint and muscles.

Other possible solutions for TMD include heat and cooling therapy, radiowave therapy, laser therapy, tissue mobilization, and acupuncture.


Various medications can also help treat TMD. However, the efficacy of these medications depends on the symptoms, the treatment site, and the severity of the disorder. We may prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to combat inflammation and discomfort.

Our dentists may also give you muscle relaxants to reduce soreness in your jaw muscles. Some patients might need antidepressants or antianxiety drugs to help them relax and sleep better, preventing the exacerbation of TMJ disorders caused by bruxism.

Surgical Procedures

If therapies and medications are ineffective, your oral surgeon may recommend corrective jaw surgery, arthrocentesis, or arthroscopy.

Surgical dental work can help restore the functions of the temporomandibular joint, alleviate discomfort, and align the upper and lower teeth.

You may have to undergo a comprehensive examination, including dental X-rays, MRI scans, or CT scans, to determine the appropriate surgical procedure for your TMJ disorder.


Surgery, therapies, and medications are not the only treatment options for TMJ disorders. Some people only require injectables like Botox to alleviate the discomfort linked to TMD. Our dentist will administer Botox to the problematic jaw muscles to soothe the area. Trigger-point injections into tender facial muscles can also help provide relief and alleviate TMD symptoms.

Oral Appliances

Dental appliances such as night mouth guards, bite splints, and sleep apnea splints can help treat TMD and provide relief. Prosthodontics, like bridges and dentures, can also help treat TMJ dysfunction.

Splints stabilize the injured jaw joint, while nightguards prevent further aggravation by protecting the upper and lower teeth from the impact of bruxism or teeth grinding.

Your dentists may also use bridges and dentures to replace missing teeth and fix malocclusions caused by TMD. However, patients must consult a dentist before opting for splints or dentures, as these devices can sometimes worsen the condition.

Home Remedies

While professional treatment is critical, patients can try various home remedies to manage TMD symptoms and alleviate discomfort.

You can employ self-care practices like eating soft foods, using ice packs to fight inflammation, and avoiding chewing gums or hard foods. Cut your food into smaller, manageable pieces before chewing.

You can also apply heat on the face to relieve discomfort. Reduce jaw movements and gently massage sore jaw joints to help with TMJ disorders.

Lifestyle Changes

Various lifestyle changes can help treat or reduce the impact of temporomandibular joint disorders. Stress and anxiety often increase the likelihood of teeth grinding and clenching, contributing to TMJ disorders.

Embracing stress management practices and relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, and deep breathing can help. Stretching exercises and massage can also help you relax, improve sleep quality, and alleviate TMD symptoms.

Verbalizing your concerns and pursuing your hobbies can also help combat stress and improve mental health.

Common FAQs About TMJ Disorders

At Raptou Family Dental, we often receive questions from patients about TMJ disorders. We understand that these disorders can be painful, and we strive to provide helpful information so that you can make the right choice for your care. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions:

What Causes TMJ Disorders?

The primary causes of TMJ disorders remain unknown. However, various risk factors contribute to temporomandibular disorders. The most common factors include genetics, jaw joint trauma, and arthritis. Some people might develop TMJ disorders from other oral issues like teeth grinding and clenching. Stress, teeth misalignment, and dental malformations can also contribute to the development of TMJ disorders.

Do TMJ Disorders Have Any Symptoms?

TMJ disorders might not be evident at first. As the disorder progresses, patients might experience discomfort in the jaw joint or jaw muscles. You might develop sore muscles or swelling around the face and temporomandibular joint. Some people experience headaches, dizziness, and numbness.

Others have difficulty chewing or speaking. You might notice a clicking sound when chewing or opening your mouth, or your mouth might feel stuck in one position.

Are TMJ Disorders Preventable?

Yes. Temporomandibular disorders are preventable, depending on the causes of the dysfunction. Observing good posture, managing stress, and practicing meditation can help prevent TMJ disorders.

Treating teeth grinding or clenching by wearing night mouth guards can also help prevent TMD. Other preventive measures include shunning high-risk activities, refraining from chronic gum chewing, and avoiding hard foods.

What Happens if TMJ Disorders Remain Untreated?

TMJ disorder might not be fatal. However, leaving it untreated can cause discomfort, inflammation, and several dental issues. It can result in chipped teeth or cause tooth loss. It can also impact your facial structure, cause teeth misalignment, dent your smile, and adversely affect your quality of life.

Is Surgery Necessary to Treat TMJ Disorders?

Surgery is not the only treatment option for TMJ disorders. We only recommend surgical procedures for severe TMJ disorders. Given that surgery leads to permanent outcomes, all patients must undergo comprehensive examinations to determine if invasive procedures are necessary.

Schedule TMJ Treatment Today

While TMJ dysfunction is not a dental emergency, it can cause swelling, discomfort, and difficulty chewing. It can also impact your quality of life if left untreated. In severe cases, TMD can lead to dental problems like missing teeth, malocclusions, or bite issues.

Fortunately, our dental professionals at Raptou Family Dental can help. We provide various treatment options for TMJ disorders. Contact us at (614) 427-0449 to schedule a preliminary appointment with our oral practitioners.

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