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?
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.
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.
How does misalignment contribute to TMJ disorder?
A diagnosis from your dentist is an important first step toward recovery.
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.
Ready to take the first step toward relief?
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.
The right treatment can provide life-changing results.
Stress management can reduce teeth clenching and grinding during the day or night.
Custom mouthguards can align the jaws and prevent grinding during sleep.
Orthodontics can align the teeth and allow the jaws 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, surgery can repair the joints.
The best part? With proper care, most cases are temporary.
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.
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