What is an effective treatment for TMJ in the Palm Beach Gardens area?
TMJ, also referred to as TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) is a condition that is caused by the malfunctioning of the jaw joint. The jaw joint, the “temporomandibular joint,” is the joint that allows the mouth to open and close. When this joint begins to become troublesome, it can result in many problems. Patients with TMJ/TMD may experience:
- Tightening of the jaw which may result in clicking, grating, and popping sounds
- Sore muscles and tiredness in the face or jaw area
- Inability to open the mouth wide
- Tenderness in the jaw joint area that may spread to other areas such as the ears, neck, and shoulders
- Inability to chew as if the bite is not properly aligned
- Swelling around the joint
There are also other less common symptoms which may include:
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Hearing problems
With proper diagnosis, patients with TMJ/TMD can seek proper treatment with the team in the Palm Beach Gardens area. Pure Dental Care of West Palm Beach have the experience to provide the community with the assistance necessary when TMJ/TMD arises.
In many instances, less invasive forms of treatment are effective. This may include the use of special oral appliance that is worn overnight to help better align the jaw and reduce pressure on the joint. This can be a wonderful method of treatment that does not require surgery and can also protect the natural teeth from any unwanted damage caused by the condition. Dentists are often the first to notice problems from TMJ/TMD because they see the signs of damage on the teeth and restorations that can occur.
Treatment for TMJ/TMD is necessary to maintain a healthy smile free from damage and to allow patients to enjoy a better quality of life after diagnosis. Our team is here to help patients of all ages with their dental care needs and believe in providing comprehensive dental services for all who come through our practice. Contact us today to schedule a consultation visit and educate yourself on temporomandibular joint disorder and effective treatment.Back to TMJ/TMD Page