What You Need to Know About TMJ Treatment

If you have difficulty chewing, jaw pain, and headaches, you might be having TMJ disorder. It affects your jaw motion and you may find it hard to eat, speak or sing. Other than jaw pain, you may experience facial pain, pain around your ears and neck, and migraines. TMJ Treatment Jasper specialist Dr. Koch offers personalized treatment plans to address health concerns for patients of all ages. This piece will give details on TMJ treatment.

What is TMJ treatment?

It involves providing treatment, diagnosis, and prevention for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. The temporomandibular joints allow smooth movement of your jaws during eating, speaking, and chewing. The TMJ joins the jaws with the skull.

Inflammation of the TMJ and the muscles around, causes jaw pain, headaches, migraines, or tenderness.

When not treated, the TMJ disorder may become worse with time. However, with conservative treatments, you can manage the disorder, and prevent complications.

Who is the right candidate for TMJ treatment?

TMJ treatment is for everyone who has a TMJ disorder. But you need to schedule your consultation with your provider at Advanced Dental Care of East Texas. Dr. Koch takes a physical exam and discusses and evaluates your symptoms to confirm if you have a TMJ disorder.

You can benefit from a TMJ treatment if you have the following symptoms.

  • Headaches
  • Aching facial pain
  • Jaw pain and tenderness
  • Migraines
  • Pain around your eyes
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Clicking or popping sound in the jaw when biting down or chewing

What are the available TMJ treatment options?

Dr. Koch and the team at Advanced Dental Care of East Texas provide different types of TMJ treatment, including the following.

Custom-made dental orthotics

These are custom-designed oral devices that restore your jaw alignment. Your provider takes your dental impression using an intraoral scanner to ensure your orthotic fits well. They send your scan to the lab where they make your custom appliances.

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation

It involves using a low-voltage electrical current to enhance muscle relaxation. It relieves muscle tension, which reduces the frequency of jaw pain or headaches caused by TMJ.

Oral surgery

Your provider suggests oral surgery if your symptoms do not improve with custom dental orthotics, among other conservative treatments. Oral surgery changes your bite structure to reduce your risk of muscle tension or teeth grinding.

What treatment option will most benefit you?

Your TMJ treatment type at Advanced Dental Care of East Texas depends on the degree of your symptoms, health history, and age. Your provider carries out a thorough oral exam and asks about your desired goals before developing your treatment plan. Dr. Koch ensures he creates a treatment plan that addresses your concerns and meets your goals.

TMJ disorder affects your jaw motion making it difficult to perform any jaw functions. The pain may affect your daily activities and overall health. Seeking TMJ treatment is the right thing to do to avoid complications of the disease. Contact your provider at Advanced Dental Care of East Texas today for a consultation.

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