TMJ Treatment in Pikesville - Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Maryland
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome (TMJ) is a common condition affecting a wide variety of people. TMJ is characterized by severe headaches, jaw,shoulder,or neck pain of varying degrees, grinding or clenching teeth, and an intermittent ringing in the ears. The vast majority of TMJ sufferers are unaware that the root cause of these problems is something that a dentist can effectively treat.
The symptoms of TMJ 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 pain relief is the first consideration of the dentist. The dentist is able to test, diagnose, and devise a plan to treat the underlying causes of the TMJ disorder.
Reasons for treating TMJ
TMJ 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 and shoulder pain and dizziness.
The most common cause of TMJ is the misalignment of the teeth, often called “bad bite.” The malposition of the teeth cause the jaw to close into an aberrant position resulting in muscle pain and fatigue.
Grinding and or clenching of the teeth, particularly at night can also lead to muscle pain and fatigue.
It is important for anyone experiencing the symptoms of TMJ to visit the dentist for an exact diagnosis.
What does treating TMJ involve?
TMJ could be a result of several different problems. Bad bite is the most common, but an injury resulting from a blow to the meniscal cartilage is also a possibility. Initially, the dentist will thoroughly examine the jaw area, the patient’s bite, take X-rays, and review the patient’s history 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 custom made night guard can be created to help reduce the effects of grinding and clenching during the night. A bite relationship analysis may be recommended by the dentist followed by the construction of an orthotic for the lower teeth. The orthotic is used to guide the lower jaw into the proper position relieving muscle tension.
Botoxinjections into the jaw muscle can also be used to help reduce muscle tension.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of TMJ, we encourage you to contact our office today to schedule an appointment.