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.
What can TMJ treatment do for you?
How TMJ Treatment Can Help
Treatment can eradicate symptoms such as pain in and around the joint, clicking when opening and closing your mouth, a locked jaw, and headaches.
By realigning the jaw, your dentist can prevent long-term harm, such as worn teeth, increased vulnerability to tooth decay, and serious joint damage. It can also help you avoid the need for costly treatment of these conditions.
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.
Who Has TMJ Disorder?
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.
Consultation and Diagnosis
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 meet. A cone beam scanner can help analyze the jaw joints themselves. If it is determined that malocclusion or other conditions are misaligning your bite in a way that strains the jaw joints, your dentist can recommend a number of treatment options. Otherwise, it may be necessary to refer you to a specialist.
TMJ Disorder Can Be Relieved Through:
Stress management can reduce teeth clenching and grinding during the day or night.
Custom mouthguards can prevent you from damaging your teeth while grinding during sleep.
Orthodontics can align the jaws and allow the teeth to meet properly.
Prosthodontics such as dental crowns can restore a balanced bite.
Reshaping certain teeth can achieve a balanced bite and relieve tension in the TMJs.
BOTOX® Medical injections can relax strained jaw muscles.
In serious cases and only as a last resor, surgery can repair the joints.
Relieve Pain and Protect Your Oral Health
TMJ disorder can take a considerable toll on your quality of life by causing severe ongoing discomfort. Those suffering from TMJ disorder often do not realize that a dentist can provide significant relief through treatment that helps your jaws meet properly. If you are experiencing facial pain, headaches, unexplained tingling in your extremities, or general jaw pain, book a dental exam today.