TMJ Therapy An Overview
TMJ is the term widely in use when referring to Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD), a complex group of disorders sometimes characterized by pain and limited mobility in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and surrounding tissue. It is estimated that 35 million adults suffer from TMJ Disorders; however, there are few medical professionals experienced in diagnosing and treating these conditions.
TMJ disorder is a term commonly used to describe dysfunction in the bite. Dysfunction in the TMJ can cause uncomfortable and painful symptoms to patients with TMJ disorder experience some more of malocclusion of the bite.
Signs & Symptoms of TMJ
Patients with TMJ Disorders often exhibit signs and symptoms very different from one another, which makes diagnosing TMJ Disorders a challenge. Frequent signs or symptoms include:
- Noises in the TMJ, popping, clicking or grating
- Difficulty opening or “locked” jaw
- Frequent headaches or migraines.
- Difficulty eating or chewing
- Tired sensation after exercising the TMJ as in eating, chewing or speaking
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, be sure to contact our office right away. Our team of dentists can perform a dental examination to determine if you are suffering from TMJ disorder. If so, we can tailor a treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms and restore function to your natural smile.
Great front desk staff, personable clinicians and staff, thorough cleaning and explanation of treatment approach.Mark
Love all the staff very competent and friendly.Maureen
Lovely! So glad I chose.Kristina
TMJ Therapy What to Expect
In dentistry, there is no one size fits all solution for any problem or condition; this couldn’t be truer for TMJ Disorders. Each problem is unique to the individual patient and treatment planning is entirely dependent on the diagnosis. We have worked with many TMJ patients and brings comprehensive knowledge to each case and treatment plan.
TMJ Therapy Methods
With TMJ treatment, we aim to alleviate your symptoms, prevent further dental issues, and address any damage to the teeth. When treating patients with TMJ Disorders, both our dentists take a conservative approach, avoiding major procedures and surgery whenever possible. You may need or more treatments to fully restore health and function to your smile. Therapies for TMJ may include:
- Lifestyle changes
- Mouth guards or splints
- Changes to the occlusion (bite) to correct problems or misalignment
- Restorative dentistry
Schedule An Appointment
If you are experiencing any sign of TMJ disorder, it is important to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Our team can work with you to alleviate your symptoms and restore function to your smile. To learn more about your treatment options, visit our Severna Park dentist office. To schedule an appointment, contact us or request an appointment online.