TMJ Treatment An Overview
Frequent headaches, jaw pain, and worn teeth are all signs of a possible bite related or TMJ disorder. If left untreated, TMJ can have detrimental effects on the health and function of your jaw and teeth.
Our team at Nesconset Dental Associates offer routine diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plan for patients with TMJ disorder. We will thoroughly examine the teeth, jaw, and surrounding muscles and create a custom treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms.
What is TMJ?
TMJ is an all-encompassing term broadly used to describe a range of bite problems related to the temporomandibular joint. The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects the skull to the jaw. When there is dysfunction is this joint, patients can begin to experience uncomfortable and sometimes painful symptoms.
Occlusal disease and TMJ are closely related. Occlusal disease occurs when the bite is not aligned correctly. As a result, the teeth, jaw, muscles, and joints are damaged. In a proper bite, the teeth, muscles, and jaw work in harmony and biting pressure is equally distributed amongst all three.
If left untreated, occlusal disease can lead to worn teeth, fractured teeth, joint damage, and tooth loss. Patients can experience occlusal disease without having TMJ issues. However, it is important to speak with your dentist if you are noticing any changes in your oral health.
We employ advanced technology in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ disorder and occlusal disease. If you are experiencing any signs associated with this disorder, visit our dental practice.
Common Sign of TMJ
Knowing the signs of TMJ may help you get the treatment you need to help alleviate your symptoms. If you notice one or more of these symptoms, be sure to visit our dental office for a TMJ screening.
- Jaw pain
- Frequent headaches
- Cracked, fractured teeth
- Worn teeth
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Ear pain
- Difficulty chewing
- Popping or clicking jaw sounds