Quick and Efficient Treatment for TMD of the TMJ in Southern CT

The TMJ/TMD dentists at Southern Connecticut Dental Group can evaluate your symptoms and help with a treatment plan to ease your pain.
Quick and Efficient Treatment for TMD of the TMJ in Southern CT
TMD/TMJ Treatment

Why TMD/TMJ Treatment?

Do you have frequent headaches, ear pain, jaw pain, or stiff, tight jaws? You may have temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD). When the  temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is damaged or is not functioning as it should, it is called temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ). While it is common to experience TMD/TMJ, you may have a higher risk if you have the following conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis/Rheumatoid Arthritis/Osteoarthritis: All three of these conditions damage your cartilage, which prevents the TMJ from moving correctly
  • Injuries to your jaw: Sports injuries, car wrecks, or other direct injuries to the face, neck, head, or shoulders can lead to TMD
  • Bruxism/ Teeth Grinding: Teeth grinding puts pressure on the jaws that can lead to TMD
  • Connective tissue disease: Applies direct pressure on the TMJ, causing pain and limited face movement

What to Expect


Since the temporomandibular joint acts as a hinge and is responsible for a wide range of motion, it can get easily damaged. The primary causes of temporomandibular joint disorder are:

  • Misaligned small discs or erosion
  • Arthritis damage to the cartilage
  • Physical injury to the head, neck, or face
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)

Often it is hard to pinpoint the actual cause of the damage or disorder. Sudden onset of TMJ pain is common and TMD may not be noticeable until the pain sets in. 

Finding out which diagnosis you have is crucial before you start treatment. Your dentist will help you figure this out. 


There are several different treatment options available, including: 

  • Prescription Medicines 
  • Therapeutic Treatment Options
  • Mouth Guards or Splints
  • Physical Therapy 
  • Counseling 
  • Surgical Treatment 


After you start treatment for TMD, you need to follow up regularly with both your physician and dentist. If you choose a non-invasive option, your follow ups will likely be less frequent than if you choose another, more invasive option like surgery. Treatment can help ease your pain

Your First Visit

Once you have a consultation with a dentist, we will discuss your medical history and try to detect signs of all TMJ symptoms that you’re experiencing. In some cases, diagnostic testing to listen to jaw movement to detect popping or clicking sounds, x-rays, CT scans, and MRIs are often used to diagnose TMD.

Modern Dentistry

Modern Dentistry

You can find all the latest technology at our CT offices.
Judgment-Free Office

Judgment-Free Office

We’re here to help you feel confident in your smile. We provide a safe, judge-free zone for any dental issue or concern you have.
On Your Schedule

On Your Schedule

Taking care of your dental health should fit within your schedule. We have flexible hours so you can get the care you need.

and Financing

Are you worried about the cost of a TMD/TMJ treatment visit? Don’t panic. We work with your insurance plan and offer flexible payment plans for your convenience.

No Insurance?
No Problem.

Making An Appointment Is Easy

Don’t have insurance? That’s not a problem with us. We offer payment plans and accept most major credit cards, personal checks, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does TMD/TMJ cause headaches?
Yes, it can. When you clench your teeth, it puts pressure on your jaw – resulting in a headache.
Can you cure TMD/TMJ?
Currently, there is no cure for this condition. However, our dental services can help relieve pressure and pain from your daily life because of it.