West Palm Beach area patients can enjoy jaw joint pain relief by visiting their dentist
The TMJ, also referred to as the temporomandibular joint, is a jaw joint that can become problematic for many patients. When it does not function properly, it can cause joint pain and become a serious issue known as TMD (temporomandibular disorder). Pure Dental Care at West Palm Beach area work closely with patients with TMJ/TMD issues to provide them with relief.
Pure Dental Care encourage patients who are suffering from this condition to start with seeking a proper diagnosis. This may include a series of x-rays, a medical background check, and an examination by one of our dedicated professionals. Patients can discuss the symptoms they have been experiencing which include:
- Chronic headaches
- Changes in bite alignment
- Pain while chewing or yawning
- Popping and clicking of the jaw joints
- Discomfort when jaw is resting
- Pain in the neck and face
- Teeth that are worn down
- Teeth that are becoming loose without the presence of periodontal disease
Staff at Pure Dental Care are highly trained in recognizing the signs and symptoms of TMD and can get patients the diagnosis they need and then, relief.
Relief of joint pain is often achieved by oral appliance therapy. Patients suffering from temporomandibular disorder may improve the way they feel and reduce pain with specialized mouth guards. Made with impressions of the teeth and fabricated by our dental team, these mouth guards are custom-made to protect the natural teeth while also reducing the tension in the jaws. This allows patients to enjoy reduced pain and a better quality of life.
Oral appliance therapy is a safe, effective, and affordable method of treating TMD. Alternatives include orthodontic treatment to align the bite or jaw surgery. Oral appliance therapy is considered the first line of defense against temporomandibular joint disorder and is highly recommended as the most appropriate step for patients with mild to moderate jaw joint pain resulting from this condition.Back to TMJ/TMD Page