Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome (TMJ) is a common condition affecting a wide variety of people. TMJ is often the result of an imbalance in the bite. Our dentists in Toledo, OH will perform a thorough exam and discuss your medical history to identify the underlying cause in order to recommend appropriate, lasting treatment.
The symptoms of TMJ are debilitating and can greatly interfere with everyday life. The comfort and general well being of the patient is at the heart of our Toledo, OH dental practice. Pain relief is the first consideration of your dentist at Hires Dental Care.
The experienced dentists at Hires Dental Care take a comprehensive approach to all patients. We seek to understand the underlying cause of any dental health problems before recommending a treatment plan to address symptoms. Dr. Hires and his associates are restorative and cosmetic dentists who offer patients high-quality dental care in a relaxing, spa-like environment to help patients relax and actually enjoy their dental visit!
For patients who have sustained damage to the teeth due to the effects of TMJ, your dentist may recommend a restorative treatment to realign your bite by adjusting the surface of the teeth or repairing damaged teeth. This could be accomplished with tooth bonding, dental crowns, veneers or other restorative procedures.
The goal of TMJ therapy is to restore balance to a patient’s bite, thus alleviating pressure on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and relieving the associated symptoms. This is important for maintaining optimal dental health and avoiding further dental health issues which can arise when TMJ is left untreated.
Common TMJ Symptoms
Frequent headaches, jaw pain, ear pain and a popping jaw that can make chewing difficult are all possible symptoms of a temporomandibular disorder (TMD). TMJ sufferers report that their symptoms generally worsen during periods of prolonged or unexpected stress. Intense outbreaks of the condition can lead to neck pain and dizziness. Patients who suffer from any or all of the below symptoms may not realize that they have a bite disorder until they visit with a dentist.
- Teeth grinding or clenching, often characterized by tooth wear or damage
- Frequent headaches
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Limited mobility in the jaw
- Clicking or popping when opening or closing jaw
TMJ Treatment Options
Hires Dental Care offers several TMJ therapy treatment options for patients diagnosed with TMJ, including splint therapy and oral appliance therapy. In many cases, these conservative treatments can address symptoms and help restore balance to your bite by preventing teeth grinding and jaw clenching.
- Occlusal equilibration, making changes to the fit of the bite by reshaping and/or removing tooth structure
- Splint therapy
- TMJ mouthguard
- Orthodontics to realign the teeth
- Lifestyle changes to reduce daily stress
Schedule a Consultation
If you have been suffering with any of the above mentioned symptoms, contact Hires Dental Care and begin to restore your oral health. Schedule an appointment today with Hires Dental Care if you think you may be suffering from TMJ disorder. One of our expert dentists will perform a thorough exam and discuss your medical history to identify the underlying cause in order to recommend appropriate, lasting treatment.