What does treatment involve?
Although teeth misalignment is the most common culprit, in addition to that another possibility is an injury to the connective tissue of the articular disk. First, the dentist will examine the jaw, the patient’s bite and tooth alignment, conduct x-rays, and thoroughly review the patient’s medical history, in order to make the diagnosis and proceed to treatment options.
Upon positively diagnosing the patient, there are several avenues of treatment. A molded bite guard, specially molded to the patient’s teeth, will stop nightly tooth-grinding, and there are also relaxation techniques that can be employed by the patient that will help lessen the effects of stress. Third, the dentist may also elect to prescribe muscle relaxants.
A final, and best option is bite realignment. This will alleviate TMJ symptoms as well as improve the general aesthetics of the patient’s teeth. Realignment entails adjusting how the upper teeth interlock and fit together with the lower teeth, which can also involve new restoration or adjusting the existing, natural teeth. The procedure is not painful, and is one the dentist has successfully performed numerous times. The dentist will be more than happy to answer any questions the patient may have, as well as discuss treatment options, symptoms, and concerns.
If you are experiencing any TMJ symptoms, we encourage you to contact us today and schedule an appointment.