Do you suffer from persistent jaw pain, tension headaches, or worn teeth? If so, you may have TMJ (also referred to as TMD), a potentially painful structural jaw disorder that can usually be treated successfully at Salt Run Family Dentistry with our family dentistry treatments. With our team of specialists, we can lessen or entirely suppress any discomfort and pain caused by TMJ/TMD.
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction/disorder (TMJ/TMD) is a fairly common problem, affecting 20 to 30 percent of the adult population, mostly between the ages of 20 and 40. Tension headaches caused by TMJ/TMD are more common in women. While these headaches aren’t life threatening, they can be debilitating for many.
Effective Diagnosis and Treatment
Our dentist will administer a series of tests to determine the cause of your headaches and determine if TMJ/TMD is to blame. After a definitive diagnosis has been made, relief can come in a couple of ways. You may have a molded bite guard created which can stop nighttime teeth grinding. In order to lessen the physical effects of stress, a bite relationship analysis may be recommended and relaxation advice may be even. If your case is severe, a muscle relaxant can be prescribed as a temporary option until other headway can be made.
If your teeth have an alignment issue causing the problem, a solution may be to adjust the shape of your teeth to eliminate a bad bite. This is a process called realignment and it can be very effective for relieving TMJ symptoms, as well as making teeth look better. The process involves changing how the upper teeth meet the lower teeth and can require new restoration work and changes to healthy natural teeth. Rest assured, this realignment procedure is not painful and is something dentists do regularly with success. If you have questions or concerns about TMJ/TMD, your dentist is here to help you make an informed decision – so be sure to ask.
Salt Run Family Dentistry patients experiencing symptoms of TMJ/TMD are strongly encouraged to contact us for an appointment and a TMJ/TMD consultation. We’re here to help.