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Relieve Jaw Pain With TMJ Treatment

As a holistic dentist, Dr. Craig Sommer understands your dental health is closely related to your overall health. This is certainly true with a TMJ disorder, a condition in which dental problems create painful pressure on your jaw. If you have this disorder, you probably suffer from symptoms like headaches and facial pain and swelling. With TMJ treatment in Colorado Springs, you can:

  • Lessen or eliminate your jaw discomfort
  • Keep pain from spreading to your neck, shoulders, and other areas
  • Stop a harmful teeth grinding habit that can damage your teeth enamel
  • Enjoy normal range of motion while chewing and eating
  • Rest more easily throughout the night

If you think you may have a TMJ disorder, call 719-632-3591. Dr. Sommer will examine you using state-of-the-art technology like our intraoral camera and digital X-rays to determine if you’d benefit from treatment.

Ease Your Discomfort With a Custom Oral Appliancec

TMJ pain originates in your temporomandibular joints, which connect your jaw to your skull. When they become irritated, even everyday activities like talking and eating can cause a lot of pain. The pain may also spread to your ears, your neck, and other areas.

Most TMJ sufferers experience relief by wearing a custom-made mouthguard while they sleep. This prevents you from clenching and grinding teeth, two habits often linked to TMJ dysfunction. With a mouthguard, you’ll enjoy:

  • Pain Relief – Your mouthguard will gently ease your lower jaw forward to relieve tension and pressure on your TMJ
  • Protection – Your night guard will stop teeth grinding. This habit can rapidly wear down your enamel and require restorative procedures to repair damage

Your mouthguard will fit perfectly because it will be made using impressions of your teeth. The traditional way of making dental impressions is to put a tray of molding material into your mouth for several minutes. This process will likely be painful for those experiencing TMJ symptoms. We use convenient and comfortable digital scanning technology instead. We also can use an FDA-approved injection that will safely relax your facial muscles for added TMJ relief.

For TMJ treatment in Colorado Springs, call 719-632-3591 or request an appointment online.

Common Questions
About TMJ Treatment


Can TMJ disorders be treated?

Yes. We’ll go over your options and discuss the specifics of each procedure during your TMJ consultation appointment. To help you take back your life, we might be shaping or reshaping teeth, injecting an FDA-approved muscle relaxer, or creating a custom night guard to relieve symptoms and get you out of pain. If you’re experiencing jaw pain, clicking or popping, or headaches, please come to our holistic dental office in Colorado Springs ASAP.

Is TMJ treatment painful?

No, not at all. TMJ pain originates in your temporomandibular joints. They connect your jaw to your skull. As they become agitated, normal activities like speaking and chewing can cause substantial pain. The pain may also spread to your ears, your neck, and other areas. In many cases, we can create a custom mouthguard to eliminate the teeth grinding, which is often the underlying irritant that causes TMJ-related troubles.

Why get TMJ treatment?

As a holistic dentist, Dr. Sommer understands that your dental health is directly linked to your overall wellness. This is especially true when it comes to TMJ/TMD issues, in which dental problems create painful pressure on your jaw that in turn creates problems elsewhere in your body. Our TMJ treatments can lessen or eliminate your jaw discomfort, spare you from other aches and pains, allow you to chew normally, and help you stop grinding your teeth.