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Headaches, facial pain, jaw clicking, and a number of other symptoms may be caused by a problem with the temporomandibular joint.
TMJ Disorder, also known as TMD, affects many individuals, and there are advanced treatment options available at Lane Ends Aesthetic & Implant Centre that can effectively alleviate your symptoms.
Our experienced cosmetic dentists, Dr. Kaviani and Dr. Tehranian, can perform a comprehensive oral evaluation to determine if you have TMJ Disorder and develop a customised treatment plan designed to meet your needs.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
One of the many problems surrounding TMJ Disorder is that symptoms can often seem unrelated to the jaw joint, therefore one may not be aware they are suffering from the condition. Some of these symptoms can be quite debilitating, and they can include:
- Neck, shoulder, and/or back pain
- Facial pain
- Popping or clicking in the jaw
- Ringing in the ears
- Trouble chewing or talking
- Trouble opening and closing the mouth
- A feeling of numbness in the arms and/or fingers
Treatment for TMJ Dysfunction:
After meeting with Dr. Kaviani for a consultation, she will go over the cause of your TMJ problem(s) and your symptoms and will custom tailor treatment to alleviate your symptoms. The first step is determining the most optimal jaw position. This is where the muscles are relaxed and at rest.
TMJ Disorder Treatment Options
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder can be significantly reduced with advanced procedures designed to prevent the problem from getting worse. Treatment options include:
- Oral appliances such as customized mouthguards that can realign the bite
- Jaw and bite therapies
- Restorative dentistry
- Oral Surgery
Once Dr. Kaviani meets with you for an initial consultation, she can discuss your treatment options with you and help you decide which may be the most effective for your needs.
Appliance Therapy (Splint or Mouth Guard)
Typically the first line of treatment provided by your dentist will be the use of a splint. The TMJ splint is worn to reduce stress on the jaw, allow the muscles to function optimally and/or to cover the deflective interferences affecting the bite so that the lower jaw can be repositioned into the socket properly. If a splint helps relieve the pain, it is possible that your bite or parafunction was causing the problem.
Many TMJ cases can be corrected with occlusal equilibration which involves selective reshaping of the biting surfaces of the teeth and is often the best choice for eliminating deflective interferences so that the jaw can close properly.
Once the lower jaw is able to close properly into position within the temporomandibular socket, your pain may be relieved immediately.
Looking for a dentist that treats TMJ disorders in Lancashire
Contact our friendly team at Lane Ends Dental Practice on 01772 – 726932