We take the treatment of TMJ and head and neck pain very seriously and believe that the diagnosis and treatment of conditions associated requires an extremely thorough evaluation.
Seeing an Art of Dentistry dentist for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues can offer several benefits, our dentists are well-equipped to diagnose and manage TMJ disorders. Here are some of the advantages of using a dentist for TMJ:
Specialized Expertise: Our dentists, have training in orofacial pain and TMJ disorders, have specialized knowledge of the jaw joint, oral structures, and the musculature of the face. They can accurately diagnose TMJ issues and develop appropriate treatment plans.
Customized Treatment: We create personalized treatment plans tailored to your specific TMJ disorder and symptoms. They take into account factors like the severity of your condition, its underlying causes, and your individual needs.
Non-Invasive Options: We often focus on conservative, non-invasive treatments for TMJ disorders before considering surgical interventions. These can include lifestyle modifications, jaw exercises, physical therapy, and orthotic devices like splints or mouthguards.
Oral Appliances: Our dentists can design and fit custom oral appliances, such as splints or mouthguards, to help alleviate TMJ-related pain and discomfort. These devices can help reposition the jaw and reduce pressure on the TMJ.
Pain Management: At The Art of Dentistry we can provide pain management strategies and medications to relieve TMJ-related pain and discomfort, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), muscle relaxants, or corticosteroids.
Bite Adjustment: Malocclusion (misaligned bite) can contribute to TMJ issues. Our dentists can evaluate and make necessary adjustments to the bite, such as reshaping teeth or recommending orthodontic treatment.
Patient Education: We educate patients about the factors that contribute to TMJ disorders, such as teeth grinding (bruxism) or jaw clenching. They can provide guidance on habits and behaviors to minimize symptoms.
Ongoing Monitoring: The Art of Dentistry’s dentists can offer regular follow-up care to monitor the progress of TMJ treatment and make adjustments as needed to ensure the best outcome.
Referral to Specialists: In cases where more advanced treatment is required, our dentists can refer patients to specialists, such as oral surgeons or orofacial pain specialists, for additional evaluation and intervention.
Improved Quality of Life: Effective management of TMJ disorders can lead to improved jaw function, reduced pain, better sleep, and an overall improved quality of life.
Prevention of Complications: Early intervention by a dentist can help prevent the development of complications associated with TMJ disorders, such as chronic pain, headaches, and damage to the teeth or jaw joint.
It’s important to consult with a dentist or dental specialist if you suspect you have a TMJ disorder or are experiencing symptoms like jaw pain, clicking or popping sounds, difficulty opening or closing your mouth, or chronic headaches. The Art of Dentistry’s dental professionals can assess your condition, provide a diagnosis, and recommend appropriate treatment options to address your specific TMJ issues.
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