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TMJ/TMD Treatment at Living Oaks

Temporomandibular joint disorder, also called TMJ or TMD, is a serious problem which can cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. From migraines and headaches, to stiff jaw muscles that “pop” or move out of position, TMJ/TMD can be unpleasant at best, and extremely harmful at worst. At Living Oaks Dental, Dr. Brabston specializes in diagnosing and treating TMJ/TMD cases. Our team will help you understand the root cause of your condition, and give you relief from the pain and discomfort of TMJ/TMD.





TMJ/TMD refers to a dysfunction of the “temporomandibular joint”. This is the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull, just below your ear on both sides of your head. If this joint becomes damaged, inflamed, infected, or dislocated, TMJ/TMD is the result. Symptoms of TMJ/TMD include:

  • Radiating pain starting at the base of the ear
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Popping or clicking sounds when the jaw is moved
  • Joint stiffness

Understanding The Cause


One of the most common causes of TMJ/TMD is teeth grinding (bruxism). Teeth grinding puts an unnatural amount of strain on the temporomandibular joint, which can cause it to become irritated and inflamed. Overuse of your joint can also cause pain. Chewing gum or tobacco, or regularly chewing on your nails or cuticles can lead to strain and overuse.

Arthritis is also a common cause of TMJ/TMD, as it makes the joint stiffen and “seize”. Finally, an impact injury that damages the joint directly can also cause TMJ/TMD, due to ligament and tendon damage.

Treatment Options


The best option for treating TMJ/TMD depends on its root cause. If the condition is caused by tooth grinding, a night guard is usually recommended. For TMJ/TMD cases caused by overuse, simply changing lifestyle habits and resting the joint can cure the condition. TMJ/TMD caused by arthritis must usually be treated using anti-inflammatory medications.  

Treatment methods for TMJ/TMD caused by an impact injury will vary, based on the severity of the injury. Depending on this, the recommended treatment could range from rest and relaxation of the joint, to surgical intervention.

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Get Relief From TMJ/TMD!

If you think that you may be suffering from TMJ/TMD, don’t go untreated. The pain and discomfort of TMJ/TMD can be debilitating to your personal and professional life. But at Living Oaks Dental, Dr. Brabston is here to help. Learn more about us from our patient testimonials now. With more than 40 years of experience as a dentist, Dr. Brabston can help you get the appropriate treatment for your case of TMJ/TMD. Contact us now at (251) 928-1645, or come by our office at 506 N Section St, Fairhope, AL 36532.

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Living Oaks Dental

  • 251-928-1645
  • 506 North Section Street,
    Fairhope, AL 36532
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  • Tues 8am-5pm
  • Wed 8am-5pm
  • Thur 7am-3pm
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