Jaw pain, headaches, even neck and shoulder pain could indicate that you may have a problem with your temporomandibular joint. These are all symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD, also known as TMJ.
Occasionally this problem will resolve on its own. However, there are situations in which the disorder requires general dental treatment. At Huebner Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics we can diagnose the problem, determine how severe it is and offer appropriate treatment options.
Approximately one third of the country’s adult population suffers from TMJ/TMD. Women seem to have the disorder more often than men. It is a treatable problem, and there is relief available for the discomfort it produces. Treatment is determined in accordance with the severity of the disorder. Easy to perform exercises can be helpful for some patients with mild forms of TMJ/TMD. Cases presenting more severe symptoms will require more extensive therapy such as dental appliances to help eliminate the cause of the problem.
The first step in getting relief from the discomfort of TMJ/TMD is accurate diagnosis. At Huebner Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics we are adept at diagnosing the cause and treatment of the disorder. If you find that over the counter pain relievers are not working to alleviate your pain, make an appointment with us for diagnosis and treatment. After answering some questions about your symptoms and a thorough examination of your jaw along with some testing, a treatment plan will be created for you. Depending on the findings, you may need to do some exercises, or you may need to wear a mouthguard while sleeping or some other dental appliance. Your dentist will discuss your options with you.
Most often, stress is the driving force behind TMJ/TMD. Clenching the teeth during times of stress or while sleeping puts unnecessary pressure on the temporomandibular joint, causing muscle fatigue and soreness. Learning how to manage your stress in addition to following your treatment plan should help you regain a pain-free life. Contact us today and eliminate your pain.
If you are living with the painful symptoms of TMJ, contact Huebner Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics today for a diagnosis and treatment plan. Our team will help give you the relief you need.