Are you suffering from a persistent ache in your jaw? It is possible that you have TMJ dysfunction, which is also known as TMJ disorder or TMD. This persistent condition can negatively affect your quality of life and may signal an underlying problem. What can you do to find relief? The answer may be as simple as scheduling a consultation with Dr. Stephen Dean. He has completed specialized training in TMJ therapy in Covington and would be pleased to help you conquer TMD.
TMJ is an acronym that stands for “temporomandibular joint.” It connects your lower jaw to the rest of your skull, and it is located in front of each of your ears. TMD can refer to any number of problems that affect how the TMJ functions and feels. According to some estimates, more than 10 million people in the United States suffer from TMD. It is most common in women of childbearing age, but it can afflict individuals of any age or gender.
There are many possible causes of TMD, including:
There are a broad range of symptoms that may indicate TMD, including but not limited to:
Some individuals find that their TMJ pain goes away on its own after a while or with the use of home remedies. While home remedies, such as facial massage and stress relief techniques, may be quite helpful, they do not always address the root cause of TMD. That is why, instead of waiting for your TMD to disappear, you should seek professional treatment. After Dr. Dean evaluates your situation, he may recommend one of the following treatments.
If a misaligned bite is to blame for your TMD, Dr. Dean may be able to help by slightly altering the way your teeth fit together. This might involve modifying any crowns or bridges you have, adjusting the shape of your dental enamel, or other techniques.
An occlusal splint is a custom oral device that resembles a mouthguard. It slightly repositions the jaw, helping the TMJ joint to relax and thereby relieving strain on both it and the nearby muscles. For many patients, an occlusal splint can provide long-term TMD relief.
Do you suspect that you have TMD? Contact Dean Dental Care today to schedule your consultation. It may not be long before your smile is once again functioning and feeling its best.
We often use the TruDenta system as part of a patient’s overall TMD treatment plan. TruDenta is an FDA-approved system that uses advanced technology to identify problems with the TMJ and relieve pressure on painful trigger points. It is usually used in conjunction with occlusal splints. It is a customized approach to TMD that takes each patient’s unique needs into account.
TruDenta treatments starts with a detailed and advanced diagnostic process, which can involve several different steps:
After the thorough diagnostic process, we will be ready to start your treatment plan. Treatment with TruDenta may involve:
These therapies are noninvasive, and most patients find them to be quite comfortable. Your treatment plan might require multiple visits to our office. Each visit may last about one hour or so. The number of sessions you require will depend on the nature and severity of your TMD symptoms. Some patients require just a few visits, while others should visit us weekly for up to 8 weeks or longer.