At Walker Dental Group, we can handle all your dental needs, including TMJ disorder treatment.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (also known as TMJ or TMD) refers to problems that affect your jaw and the facial muscles that control it. If you suffer from TMD, you may experience pain or severe discomfort in your jaw on one side or both. If left untreated, TMD can also cause headaches, neck pain, earaches, toothaches, and shoulder pain.
Patients with mild TMD often recover without treatment, but if you experience significant pain and discomfort, you should speak with a dentist or doctor. Here’s what you can expect.
Your dentist will perform a routine exam. They may order x-rays at this time and suggest some things you can do at home to relieve your pain (such as using a cold or warm compress, avoiding hard and chewy foods, and massaging your jaw muscles).
Next, your dentist will prescribe a treatment plan that is unique to your needs. This could involve a referral to another doctor (like a physical therapist or an oral surgeon) or medications. They may also suggest that you wear a nightguard or occlusal splint when sleeping. This helps prevent grinding and encourages your muscles to relax.
Surgery is rarely used to treat TMDs, so you can expect a regimen that is more like physical therapy.
We know that TMD can be uncomfortable, annoying, and downright painful—and that’s why we’re looking forward to helping you find the path to healing. Problems like locked jaws and headaches from TMJ are completely treatable.
When you come into our office, we will examine your unique situation and create a customized treatment plan to treat your TMD, which alleviates the symptoms and the root cause.
At Walker Dental Group, we pride ourselves on our excellent service to patients. Whenever you come into our office, you’ll be treated like family—and your health and comfort will always be a priority. If you think that TMD could be the source of your problems, reach out to us today for a free consultation.