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TMJ is a condition that is experienced by an extensive number of people daily. TMJ sufferers often experience extreme headaches, grinding of their teeth, and sporadic ear ringing and jaw aches of fluctuating degrees. Most sufferers of TMJ are oblivious to the cause of their discomfort and are often unaware that dentists can treat it. The symptoms of TMJ often disrupt the everyday activities of sufferers and can be unbearable for some. For sufferers of TMJ, our dentists primary concern is to reliever their pain and our dentists will be able to achieve this through a number of examinations. The dentist will assess and diagnose your condition and be able to establish a treatment option best suited to your symptoms.
Why TMD Treatment?
Often, the symptoms of TMJ are likely to heighten during times of stress, which can cause increased symptoms of neck aches and dizziness. The most common cause of TMJ is the misalignment of one’s bite. It is simple for this to be fixed by a dentist, who is able to alter the teeth’s positioning without agonising surgery. This readjustment of the bite will aid in the cessation of any jaw aches, dizziness or headaches.
Another symptom of TMD is grinding teeth, which commonly occurs whilst the patient is asleep. This grinding is extremely hazardous as it will inevitably lead to the erosion of one’s teeth and can lead to eroded jawbones and wobbly teeth in the future. Hence, it is crucial that anyone experiencing any symptoms of TMJ should make an appointment for a precise diagnosis and treatment plan.
How do you treat TMD?
The symptoms of TMJ can be as a result of numerous problems. The most likely cause of TMJ is a patient’s bad bite, which is the misalignment of their teeth. It is also possible that TMJ can be caused by an injury, resulting from a knockback to the meniscus cartilage. In order to determine an appropriate treatment plan, the dentist will meticulously assess the jaw area, including your bite, and will take x-rays. Once this has been completed, there are numerous options to offer respite from pain that the dentist will inform you about. One of these options is a uniquely created bite guard that will aid in the cessation of teeth grinding at night. The dentist may also advise that it is necessary for a bite relationship analysis to be undertaken. The dentist will also be able to offer a number of methods to aid you in relaxing your jaw, which will decrease the symptoms you experience due to stress. As a last option, the dentist may also advise you to take muscle relaxants. However, it is a more preferable option to rather alter the shape of your teeth to ensure that the bad bite is changed forever. This technique is extremely beneficial as it will ease your discomfort due to TMJ, whilst also having the potential to improve the aesthetic appeal of your teeth. This readjustment of the teeth’s positioning requires altering the relationship between how the upper and lower teeth come together.
This TMD treatment method is pain-free and has been performed effectively on an abundance of occasions.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Dr Michael Finkelstein BDS