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Temporomandibular Therapy

Temporomandibular disorders (TMJ / TMD) occur as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw.

Many people who suffer from chronic headaches, neck aches, Uncomfortable bite, Jaw locking when jaw open or closed, clicking or popping jaws, or facial pain & swelling near the cheeks or ears may have TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) disease. These symptoms are usually related to the bite or how the jaws fit together. TMJ is treated by dentists trained in orthopedics and orthodontics, in addition to advanced general dental techniques.

The Dental Specialists can help you have a healthier and more comfortable jaw.

TDS offers various kinds of treatments, which can efficiently treat this depending on the type of severity of the disorder. Once an evaluation confirms a diagnosis of TMJ disorder, Depending on the specifics of the problem our doctors will determine the proper course of treatment. Our practice's approach for treatment to this disorder is based upon your individual diagnosis. However, surgery is often the best course of action. It is important to note that treatment always works best with a team approach of self-care joined with professional care.

Our initial goals are to relieve the muscle spasm and joint pain. This is usually accomplished with a pain reliever, anti-inflammatory or muscle relaxant. Steroids can be injected directly into the joints to reduce pain and inflammation.

Splint therapy may also be recommended as it helps in relaxing tightness and pain of jaw muscles. It can be also helpful for the persons who are in habit of clenching or grinding their teeth too much. In this therapy a thin sheet of plastic is set over either of the set of the teeth, i.e. upper or lower. They make jaws stable hence they reduce discomfort in eating. They also forbid damage done to teeth from grinding.

TMJ Surgery

If your TMJ disorder has caused problems with how your teeth fit together, you may need treatment such as bite adjustment (equilibration), orthodontics with or without jaw reconstruction, or restorative dental work. Surgical options such as arthroscopy and open joint repair restructuring are sometimes needed but are reserved for severe cases. Our doctors do not consider TMJ surgery unless the jaw can't open, is dislocated and nonreducible, has severe degeneration, or the patient has undergone appliance treatment unsuccessfully.