Dental Treatments for TMJ
Problems in the jaw system can significantly compromise our quality of life. TMJ pain occurs when there is damage to the temporomandibular joint, most often caused by stress, trauma or other injury.
If you experience of the following symptoms or signs, you may be suffering from TMJ:
- Clicking, popping, locking and/or soreness just in front of the ear
- Sore jaw muscles
- Bite related problems
- Cervical neck issues
- Ringing in the ears
- Bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding)
- Sinus-like concerns
How is TMJ Disorder Treated?
Dr. Georgy’s primary TMJ therapy often includes splints and retainers of various designs which can help correct poor bites, decrease stresses at the joint level, and reduce muscle hyperactivity including clenching and grinding habits. This may be followed with bite treatment through bite adjustment (equilibration), orthodontics or restorative dentistry as needed.
Don’t Ignore TMJ Symptoms!
If TMJ Disorders are left untreated, you may experience increasing chronic pain and discomfort over time. This may include ever increasing TMJ pain as well as reduced jaw mobility and inability to function normally.
What to Expect During and After TMJ Treatment
TMJ Therapy is most successful when initiated at an early stage of discomfort. This is especially true if there is minimal damage to the jaw joints. Pain associated with muscle and bite issues usually respond extremely well in a very short time.