TMJ affects people in all walks of life, and can cause grinding teeth, jaw pain, severe headaches and ringing in the ears that is difficult to live with. While many people opt to just deal with the discomfort and pain caused by Tempro-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome, treatment is often very simple and can be performed by a qualified dentist from Harmony Dental Health.
TMJ symptoms can range from simply annoying to completely debilitating. Because we care about keeping you comfortable and relieving your pain, we are passionate about providing valuable treatment options for TMJ pain. With a thorough examination by our dentist, you’ll have a diagnosis and immediate treatment plan that improves your quality of life quickly.
Symptoms and Causes of TMJ
While TMJ pain may not be life-threatening, most patients report that symptoms get worse over time, particularly during stressful times. Intense flare-ups can lead to dizziness and neck pain that make it difficult to live your everyday life.
TMJ can also cause the teeth to misalign, creating a bad bite. Fortunately, your dentist can adjust/realign the jaw without extensive, invasive surgeries, and stop the jaw pain, dizziness and headaches that are common with TMJ.
TMJ sufferers often grind their teeth, and while this may just seem like an annoyance, it can also have drastic effects on your teeth over time. Grinding wears down the structure and can lead to serious dental problems down the road. Loose teeth and eroded jawbones are often caused by untreated TMJ.
Treating TMJ Clicking and Pain
After a thorough exam and diagnosis from a professional at Harmony Dental Health, you are ready to start your individualized treatment plan that is most likely to work for you to remove TMJ clicking and pain from your life. Your dentist will do a thorough examination of the jaw, review your history and take X-rays before creating a treatment plan.
Depending on your condition and the severity of it, your dentist may opt for several different treatment options:
- Special bite guard that is molded to the teeth for use at night to prevent grinding
- Relaxation techniques that lower the effects of everyday stressors that can’t be removed from your life
- Muscle relaxants to help the body and jawbone relax at night
- Realignment of the teeth that not only removes TMJ clicking and pain, but may improve the overall look of your smile
As with any other dental procedure or treatment, the final course of action depends on your history and the severity of your condition. We encourage every patient to schedule an appointment for a complete exam before deciding on any treatment options.
Serving Fort Washington, Oreland, Ambler, Dresher & Surrounding
We believe all patients have the right to live a life free from TMJ pain and discomfort. Call Harmony Dental Health conveniently located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania today to learn more about how we can help at 215-643-0363.