Temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMD, is a condition that is characterized by difficulty chewing and properly moving the jaw. It can cause severe discomfort and pain if left untreated. TMD can be caused by various things, including teeth grinding or clenching, positioning of upper teeth too far forward compared to the lower ones, arthritis in the joints, bad posture, injury of the jawbones, and more.
To correct the problem, our dentist in Boca Raton, FL at Polin Dental may recommend using a splint, sometimes called a night guard. The splint is worn at night to prevent you from grinding your teeth while you sleep. This can help reduce symptoms associated with TMD, such as earaches, headaches, and tooth sensitivity. The splint can also prevent further damage to your teeth and mouth.
The Symptoms of a TMJ Disorder
Many people won’t notice their symptoms or think anything is wrong in the early stages. This can make it hard to get a proper diagnosis for your condition. However, some warning signs of TMJ disorders include the following:
- Jaw pain
- Pain in your jaw joints when you chew and yawn
- Difficulty opening your mouth wide
- Clicking or popping sounds while you move your jaw
- Aching facial muscles
- Jaw stiffness that makes it difficult to talk and eat
- Difficulty moving your jaw from side to side
- Loose teeth
If your TMD symptoms are caused by bruxism, our dentist may recommend a mouthguard to prevent you from grinding your teeth while sleeping. Some other treatment options include resting your jaw to relieve pressure, taking muscle relaxants, and undergoing a bite adjustment procedure to adjust your occlusion (bite).
Our dentist may also recommend orthodontic treatment if your malocclusion is causing the dysfunction. In this case, braces or Invisalign may be recommended.
Botox injections may also be a viable treatment option for relieving TMJ pain for some patients. Botox does not treat the disorder itself; instead, it treats the symptoms caused by this disorder. Patients typically receive several rounds of these injections over several months to alleviate any pain and discomfort that they may be experiencing.
The Benefits of Treating a TMJ Disorder
Many patients experience several uncomfortable symptoms when suffering from TMJ disorders. Our dentists can resolve these symptoms with non-invasive treatments that will relieve pain and tension, improving oral health and quality of life.
Treat your TMD now for a happier smile and healthier life! Visit Polin Dental at 2600 N Military Trl #320, Boca Raton 33431, or call (561) 997-2323 for the best care customized to your particular requirements. We can schedule a consultation to discuss your options for alleviating your TMJ pain!