TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction)
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome (TMJ) is a common condition affecting a wide variety of people. TMJ is characterized by severe headaches, jaw pain of varying degrees, grinding 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 our dental practice, so pain relief is the first consideration by Dr. Moseley. We are able to test, diagnose, and devise an immediate plan to treat the underlying causes of your 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 pain and dizziness.
The most common cause of TMJ is the misalignment of the teeth, often called malocclusion. It is possible for Dr. Moseley to device a plan to realign or adjust your teeth without the need for painful or expensive surgeries. The realignment/adjustment can stop the pounding headaches, the jaw pain, and the dizziness.
The grinding teeth symptom is particularly common and usually occurs at night. The grinding will eventually erode the structure of the teeth and lead to much more severe dental problems in the future. This excessive grinding can lead to tooth fractures or loosening of dental implants. Untreated TMJ is one of the prime underlying factors in bone loss and loosening of teeth.
It is important for anyone experiencing the symptoms of TMJ to visit our office for an exact diagnosis.
What does treating TMJ involve?
TMJ could be a result of several different problems. Malocclusion is the most common reason, but an injury resulting from a blow to the area where the lower jaw fits into the skull is also a possibility. Initially, Dr. Moseley will thoroughly examine your jaw area, your bite, take X-rays, and review the your 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 specially molded bite guard can be created to stop teeth grinding during the night. A bite relationship analysis may be recommended by Dr. Moseley. By adjusting the position of your teeth often times the areas where teeth hitting together unnaturally can be adjusted to provide relief and reduce the results of your night time grinding. Dr. Moseley can also provide advice on relaxation techniques which will lessen the effects of stress.
A better option is to change the shape of the teeth and get rid of the malocclusion completely, often called “realignment.” This is especially useful because it alleviates TMJ symptoms and may improve the aesthetic appearance of the teeth as well. Realignment involves adjusting the relationship between how the upper teeth come together with the lower teeth. This may require new restorations and/or adjusting the natural teeth as well. It is not a painful procedure, and it is one we have performed with great success numerous times. As with any procedure, Dr. Moseley will be happy to answer questions and discuss symptoms, options, and treatments.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of TMJ, we encourage you to contact our office today to schedule an appointment.
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