Do you suffer from tension in the jaw, muscle soreness, and frequent headaches? Many patients are affected by the symptoms of TMJ, not knowing that relief can be found at Greenleaf Family Dentistry.
TMJ is short for “temporomandibular joint”. These are small joints that attach the jaw to the skull and are among the most complex joints of the entire body. Because the TMJ is located in an intricate area of teeth, muscles and nerves, disorders of the TMJ may cause patients to experience a range of discomforts throughout the entire body. Not only can symptoms of TMJ disorder be uncomfortable, they can be downright painful.
TMJ disorders are typically the result of malocclusion, also known as a misaligned bite. Malocclusion happens when the upper and lower teeth do not close together correctly and cannot support the facial muscles in common functions like speaking, chewing or swallowing. This puts stress on the muscles of the face resulting in pain in areas such as the face, head, neck, shoulders, and upper or lower back.
In certain cases, a non-invasive occlusal splint will relieve your TMJ symptoms decreasing you pain. However if your symptoms persist, other dental options are available. Neuromuscular dentistry involves restoring your occlusion or bite back into a reproducible position, thus relieving the symptoms of TMJ. It also determines that proper tooth contact and force are being evenly distributed along the chewing surface.
If you are suffering from the debilitating symptoms of TMJ, Dr. Flora can help. Contact our office to schedule your comprehensive TMJ evaluation, and get the lifelong relief you deserve.