FAQ: TMJ
Clicking sound

Question: I hear clicking sound from jaw joint when open my mouth. Do I have TMJ?

Answer: It is possible. TMJ is often caused by malocclusion, and a mouthpiece worn during the night is a general treatment for TMJ.

Jaw pain

Question: My jaw hurts when I open my mouth. Do I have TMJ? How can I treat the pain?

Answer: It is possible that you have TMJ. In many cases, malocclusion causes TMJ. Wearing a mouthpiece during the night may improve your symptom.

Unable to open the mouth

Question: I cannot open the mouth because of the pain. Do I have TMJ? How can I treat the symptom?

Answer: It is possible that you have TMJ. TMJ is often caused by malocclusion, and a mouthpiece worn during the night is general treatment for TMJ. If the jaw joint has infection, you need to take antibiotics.

Mouthpiece

Question: I have been using a mouthpiece for years, but I have not seen any improvement.

Answer: Although a mouthpiece is popular TMJ treatment, it will not treat TMJ fundamentally. You need to correct the occlusion with crowns and other methods.

Stiff shoulder

Question: I am not sure how I should chew food due to unstable occlusion. Could this be the cause of my stiff shoulder and headache?

Answer: TMJ may be a direct cause of these symptoms. Wearing a mouthpiece during the night may help improve them. Although a mouthpiece is a popular TMJ treatment, it will not treat TMJ fundamentally. You need to correct the occlusion with crowns and other methods.

Changing a height of the teeth

Question: I was diagnosed with TMJ. I have been wearing a soft plastic mouth guard to correct my occlusion. However, I have not seen any improvement.

Answer: TMJ caused by malocclusion can be improved by correcting the bite. A soft plastic mouth guard is not strong enough to endure the force of chewing, cracking or grinding the mouthpiece. Instead of the mouthpiece, inserting crowns could correct the bite.

Oral surgeon and TMJ

Question: Because I had jaw joint pain, stiff shoulder and headache, I sought treatment at a university hospital. A jaw joint X-ray does not show any abnormalities. Am I just be too sensitive?

Answer: A university oral surgery department usually treats TMJ. Because an oral surgeon tends to focus on only jaw joints, a patient whose problem results from malocclusion or whose jaw does not show any abnormality will often not be diagnosed with TMJ.

Cost

Question: How much does it cost to treat TMJ?

Answer: It varies by each individual case. Mouthpiece treatment is usually covered by Japanese health insurance and costs about 10,000 with the insurance.

Duration of treatment

Question: How long does it take to complete TMJ treatment?

Answer: It varies by each individual case, but it will normally take about two office visits to make a mouthpiece.

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Amano Dental Clinic
Kasumigaseki
Common Gate Annex
1st Floor
3-2-3 Kasumigaseki,
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone:03-3502-3007