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Finding effective treatment for TMJ disorder in West Palm Beach

Treatment for TMJ from West Palm Beach expert dentist

TMJ disorder, also called TMD, is a painful condition affecting the jaws. Although it is a common condition, treatment can be challenging, because the causes and symptoms vary widely. Dentists are uniquely qualified to understand and treat this complex condition, due to in-depth knowledge of the oral structures. Dr. Yagi and Dr. Keith are dedicated holistic practitioners, who strive to improve the health and quality of life of their patients in every way possible. In keeping with this commitment, they have studied TMJ disorder diagnosis and treatment extensively, bringing relief to countless West Palm Beach, FL residents.

Effective treatment begins with accurate diagnosis

The first step in treatment is a comprehensive examination. There are several types of TMJ disorder, requiring customized treatment. In some cases, it may be caused by a deformity, injury, or degenerative disease such as arthritis. The most common type of TMJ disorder is myofascial pain according to the TMJ Association, Ltd. Myofascial pain involves the muscles controlling jaw movement, and it is often associated with bruxism (clenching or grinding teeth).

Conservative solutions

Many patients are concerned that they will need surgery to alleviate the condition. While that may be necessary in the occasional rare case, it is extremely unlikely. The treatment guidelines for TMJ disorder indicate that most conservative treatment possible should be used – a sentiment that is reinforced by our holistic principles.

Sometimes the problem is temporary, and resolves itself in a matter of days or weeks. Home care, such as avoiding hard foods and using ice packs, can ease the discomfort and hasten recovery. However, for many people this is a chronic condition. In these cases, it can often be alleviated with a safe, convenient occlusal orthotic device, also known as a TMJ splint or night guard.

Orthotic treatment does not require any permanent changes be made to your teeth or bite. It is simply a small, removable appliance, designed to prevent jaw strain. It is custom-made for optimal comfort and effectiveness. The device fits over your teeth, and it is usually worn at night when bruxism often occurs. This effectively stops the clenching action of the jaw muscles, so you can awaken refreshed and pain-free.

If you have TMJ disorder, don’t suffer in silence – let us help. Call (855) 883-0355 and schedule an appointment today.

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