An imbalanced bite can trigger a range of problems as the jaw joints overcompensate in order to achieve a balanced resting position.
TMJ disorder treatment by a dentist can achieve the balance needed to stop inflammation, facial pain, headaches, and other symptoms.
TMJ Treatment Can Provide...
- Relief – Treatment can eradicate symptoms such as pain in and around the joint, clicking when opening and closing your mouth, a locked jaw, and headaches.
- Long-Term Benefits – By realigning the jaw, your dentist can prevent long-term harm, such as worn teeth, increased vulnerability to tooth decay, and serious joint damage.
- A Better Quality of Life – In the long run, TMJ treatment can improve your quality of life by relieving persistent and often debilitating symptoms that can compromise your mood and general wellbeing.
- Greater Affordability – In the long run, early TMJ treatment reduces the need for repeated and expensive procedures later in life.
Women Are at Higher Risk
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Seeking Treatment Can Ease...
- Teeth Grinding – One of the most common causes of TMJ disorder is teeth grinding. Consequently, most treatments target and alleviate this condition.
- Jaw Pain – Discomfort in your jaw can interfere with many daily activities, from speech to eating your favorite crunchy foods.
- Orthodontic Misalignment – TMJ disorder can also undermine your bite, as well. Treatment for this underlying condition is often the first step to realigning your smile.
Treatment Is Recommended if You…
- Are Still in Pain – You should contact a doctor if your symptoms do not resolve on their own.
- Can’t Open Jaw Fully – If you have trouble chewing or speaking properly, you probably need treatment.
- Are in Good Health – You need to be in good health to undergo surgery (for more severe cases).
When in Doubt, Have It Checked Out
Unlike a toothache, the symptoms of TMJ disorder are often easy to dismiss as stress. In fact, stress is sometimes a major contributing factor. However, because pain and other symptoms are not always persistent, it might be tempting to delay making an appointment even if you think you are experiencing TMJ disorder. However, the longer you wait, the more damage the condition can cause. As with any health issue, the sooner it is addressed, the better.
How does TMJ disorder develop in the first place?
Consultation and Diagnosis
Evaluating Your Condition
During the initial consultation, your doctor will evaluate your case by asking about your symptoms, reviewing your medical history, and examining your bite.
Often, the examination will involve x-rays that will allow your dentist to analyze the way in which your jaws and teeth meet. A cone beam scanner may also be used to analyze the jaw joints.
If your dentist determines that malocclusion or other conditions are placing stress on the jaw joints, they can recommend a number of treatment options. In some cases, it may be necessary to refer you to a specialist.
TMJ Disorder Can Be Relieved Through:
- Custom Mouthguards – Custom mouthguards can prevent you from damaging your teeth while grinding during sleep.
- Orthodontics – Orthodontics can align the jaws and allow the teeth to meet properly.
- Prosthodontics – Prosthodontics such as dental crowns can restore a balanced bite.
- Reshaping Teeth – Reshaping certain teethcan achieve better balance and relieve tension in the TMJs.
- BOTOX® Medical – BOTOX Medical injections can relax strained jaw muscles.
- Medications – Your doctor may recommend pain relievers or anti-inflammatories to ease discomfort, low doses of antidepressants to control bruxism, or muscle relaxants to reduce spasms.
- Surgery – In serious cases and only as a last resort, surgery can repair the joints.
With a correct diagnosis, treatment can have a life-changing impact...
Easing Your Discomfort
Untreated TMJ disorder is often uncomfortable at best and debilitating at worst. In many cases, it is also accompanied by a slew of distracting or unpleasant side effects. By realigning your jaw, a doctor can reduce or even eliminate these symptoms. Not only will you ease discomfort in your daily life, but you also won’t have to be overly careful when yawning or eating.
Relieve Pain and Protect Your Oral Health
TMJ disorder can take a considerable toll on your quality of life by causing severe and ongoing discomfort. Those suffering from TMJ disorder often do not realize thata dentist can provide significant relief through treatment that helps your jaws meet properly. If you are experiencing jaw or facial pain, headaches, or unexplained tingling in your extremities, schedule an exam today.