Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD) is a common condition affecting a wide variety of . TMJD is associated with headaches, jaw pain of varying degrees, grinding or clenching teeth, and intermittent ringing in the ears.
The symptoms of TMJD are debilitating and can greatly interfere with every day life. The comfort and general well being of the patient is at the heart of the dental practice, so relief of discomfort is the first consideration of the dentist. The dentist is able to test, diagnose, and devise an immediate plan to treat the underlying causes of the TMJ disorder.
Reasons for treating TMJD
TMJD sufferers report that their symptoms generally worsen during periods of prolonged or unexpected stress, and that intense outbreaks of the condition can lead to neck pain and dizziness.
The most common cause of TMJD is the misalignment of the teeth, often called “bad bite.”
The grinding teeth symptom is particularly common and usually occurs at night.
It is important for anyone experiencing the symptoms of TMJ to visit the dentist for an exact diagnosis.
What does treating TMJD involve?
TMJ could be a result of several different problems. It can vary from simple issues of tooth alignment to a direct result of trauma. Initially, the dentist will perform a comprehensive exam, take necessary xrays, and perform a bite analysis in order to make an accurate diagnosis and recommend necessary treatment.
Once a firm diagnosis is attained, there are several ways in which relief can be provided. A specially molded bite guard can be created to stop teeth grinding during the night. The dentist can also provide advice on relaxation techniques which will lessen the effects of stress.
At times, it is necessary to change the shape or contour of teeth to achieve a comfortable, consistent bite. Equilibration involves adjusting the relationship between how the upper teeth come together with the lower teeth. This may require new restorations and/or adjusting the natural teeth as well. It is not a painful procedure, and it is one the dentist has performed with great success numerous times. As with any procedure, the dentist will be happy to answer questions and discuss symptoms, options, and treatments.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of TMJD, we encourage you to contact our office today to schedule an appointment.