AMES, IA DENTAL SERVICES – DR. NIEGSCH & DR. KROOK
TMJ Treatment

Are you experiencing migraines, headaches, or pain in your jaw or neck? Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is your jaw joint, and it is responsible for helping you chew, talk, laugh, and otherwise move your mouth. Strain or stress on this joint can result in pain, discomfort, and other problems. Call Dentistry At Somerset for relief today.

OUR EXISTING DENTAL FAMILY MEMBERS CALL OR TEXT (515) 268-0516

What causes TMJ?

Many situations can result in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ or TMD) pain or discomfort. TMD can be caused by injury, teeth grinding or clenching your teeth (bruxism), arthritis, and other stress to the joint. Stress to the joint can result in pain in your face, jaw, neck, shoulders, or ears. It may also result in the inability to open your mouth wide, or in lockjaw. Commonly, TMJ problems result in clicking or popping of the joint when you chew or open and close your mouth. Other common symptoms include toothaches, headaches, dizziness, earaches, hearing problems, and ringing in the ears.

Man holding face in pain
Woman holding face in pain

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism is defined as the involuntary habitual grinding of the teeth, typically during sleep. This typically happens subconsciously while you’re asleep, but it can happen at any time, such as when you are working or watching TV. Bruxism can cause stress on your TMJ, resulting in TMJ-related discomfort, and can also damage your teeth. Bruxism is commonly associated with TMD and can be treated using similar techniques.

How Can TMJ Be Treated?

Dr. Niegsch and Dr. Krook can offer relief from TMJ-related discomfort and bruxism. One type of treatment our dentists employ is a nightguard for teeth grinding. These nightguards help to reposition your jaw, allowing it to relax and reduce discomfort. Our nightguards can also help stop bruxism or teeth grinding and protect your teeth from the result of clenching or grinding. Nightguards are a great solution for many people.

We also offer occlusal (bite) adjustments to help minimize TMJ-related discomfort by aiding your jaw in relaxation. Less stress on your TMJ will mean less pain or discomfort for you. Reducing headache pain, jaw discomfort, popping, grinding, or the like will result in a healthier and more balanced life, and the long-term effects of correct positioning of the jaw can lead to better oral and overall health.

Woman holding head in pain
Man smiling while talking on a cellphone

How Do I Get Treatment with Dr. Niegsch?

If you’re experiencing one or more of the symptoms listed above, it’s likely that you’re dealing with a TMJ-related issue. To know for sure, and determine how severe your problem is, it’s best to request an appointment with Dentistry at Somerset for a thorough examination. During this visit, we’ll take X-rays and perform other tests to determine what TMJ treatment is the right choice for the correction of your symptoms. These may include orthodontics, a nightguard, and more.

AMES IOWA FAMILIES – MEMBERSHIP CLUB

No Dental Insurance?

Join our

Dentistry At Somerset Membership Club

and get your preventive care for a low monthly subscription fee.

Link Opens a new window

Family laughing and smiling on a couch

AMES IOWA FAMILIES – MEMBERSHIP CLUB

No Dental Insurance?

Join our

Dentistry At Somerset Membership Club

and get your preventive care for a low monthly subscription fee.

We Can Relieve Your Pain.

Jason Niegsch, DMD, FAGD
Daniel Krook, DDS

Existing Patients: (515) 268-0516
New Patients: (515) 337-2244

Our Location

2720 Stange Road
Ames, IA 50010
Click for Map & Directions

Pay Online

link opens in new window

Office Hours

Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun

8:00am – 5:00pm
8:00am – 5:00pm
8:00am – 5:00pm
8:00am – 7:00pm
8:00am – 5:00pm
Closed
Closed

Connect

links open in new window