The left and right temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw to your skull at each side. The stress caused by any affliction among several temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) can cause severe head, neck and jaw pain in patients ranging in age from children, kids and teens to adults and the elderly.
TMD symptoms can arise from a failure of the TMJ, spine and muscles of the head and neck workito work correctly together, some TMD can eventually cause more serious conditions and should be addressed and treated as early as possible. No single treatment has been conclusively found to “cure” TMJ disorders completely. Effective treatment takes time, but Oasis Dental can show you the way from the pain of TMD to a healthier and more comfortable jaw, head and neck.
TMD can stem from a singular variable or an unfortunate combination. Tightened jaw muscles under the strain of clenching or grinding teeth can severely stress the TMJ. Injuries, disease and arthritis can directly damage the joint and stretch or tear the attached muscle ligaments, slip the TMJ disc or cartilage out of position.
Whatever the cause, TMD sufferers experience a variety of painful conditions, including a misaligned bite, chronic pain, clicking or grating noises when opening or closing the mouth, and difficulty opening the mouth wide.
Drs. Soordhar and Soordhar can successfully and gradually treat and manage TMD through several non-surgical options, any of which can potentially dramatically improve the harmony and function of your jaw, head and neck. After confirming a TMD diagnosis through a TMJ evaluation form and examination and imaging (TMJ MRI or TMJ CBCT), Oasis Dental can determine an appropriate treatment recommendation including home care.
Our treatment options are all designed to initially relieve pain, spasms and dysfunction of the head and neck muscles while stabilizing the TMJ:
We avoid prescribing painkillers and muscle relaxants.
A dental orthotic (i.e., splint or bite guard) fits over your top or bottom teeth and helps relax the muscles and reduces pain. There are different types of appliances used for different purposes. A nightguard helps you stop clenching or grinding your teeth and reduces muscle tension at night while helping to protect the cartilage and joint surfaces. An anterior positioning appliance moves your jaw forward, relives pressure on parts of your jaw and aids in disc repositioning. It may be worn 24 hours a day to help your jaw heal. An orthotic stabilization appliance can be worn all day or just at night to move your jaw into proper position. Appliances also help to protect from tooth wear.
If your TMJ disorder has caused problems with how your teeth fit together, you may need treatment such as bite adjustment (equilibration), orthodontics with or without jaw reconstruction, or restorative dental work.