West Palm Beach patients ask about the cost of TMJ disorder treatment options
TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and TMJ disorder (TMD) is a condition that occurs due to a malfunction of the jaw joint that holds the upper and lower jaw together. This joint comes together slightly in front of the ear and downward and allows patients the ability to open and close their mouth to eat and speak. Unfortunately, there are times when the muscles or the joint itself become problematic during which patients will notice a wide range of problems including:
- Clicking and popping of the joint when eating
- Pain and discomfort around the jaw joint
- Locking of the jaw
- Radiation of pain around the ear, neck, and even down to the shoulders
- Chronic headaches
- Unwanted wear and tear on the natural teeth
When patients believe they are experiencing TMJ or TMJ disorder, they are encouraged to speak to a quality dental team that offers treatment. Pure Dental Care of the West Palm Beach area provide solutions for patients struggling with this condition and can help them determine the best option for their specific needs.
Most patients will benefit from oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy is the use of a specialized mouth guard that can help in realigning the jaw joint and reducing the amount of pressure it causes on the rest of the teeth. It can also help in protecting the natural teeth and dental restorations from breakage and wear caused by this condition, thus reducing overall dental costs over time.
While there are a variety of ways to address TMJ disorder, including surgery, oral appliance therapy is often sufficient to reduce pain and discomfort and protect the smile. The cost of this treatment will vary depending on many different factors so it is important to get an accurate price quote for treatment through the dentist. Drs. Pure Dental Care and Elizabeth Keith must first examine patients and provide a proper diagnosis before treatment options can be considered. X-rays, physical examinations, and other testing may be done to reach a conclusion and then suggest solutions to improve each patient’s quality of life.Back to TMJ/TMD Page