Understanding TMJ/TMD and Seeking Treatment with Oral Appliance Therapy
- Posted on: Sep 30 2018
At Ridgeview Family Dental, patients in and around the communities of Warrensburg, Windsor, and Oak Grove, MO can obtain treatment for a wide variety of dental concerns. When patients have been diagnosed with TMJ/TMD, they need to address the condition in order to relieve themselves of the pain and discomfort that can be attributed to those diagnosed.
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. This is the joint of the jaw that hinges so it can open and close. TMD stands for temporomandibular joint disorder. This is a chronic problem with the jaw joint. Patients with TMJ/TMD are often complaining of issues including:
- Clicking and popping of the jaw joint
- The jaw joint locking into a position
- Uneven alignment of the bite
- Pain in the jaw that can radiate from the ears and shoulder
- Clenching and grinding of the teeth at night (bruxism)
Malfunctions of this joint can be troublesome for patients, but they can receive treatment in a noninvasive manner with oral appliance therapy. This is the use of a specialized mouth guard that is worn by the patient to help align the jaw, reduce the tension of the jaw, and to relieve patients of discomfort experienced by their malfunctioning joint.
Why choose oral appliance therapy?
For some patients with severe TMJ/TMD, the only treatment option is that of surgical intervention. However, patients with mild to moderate problems with their jaw joint may benefit from noninvasive therapies such as the use of an oral appliance. This is often the first line of defense for patients who have received a diagnosis of TMJ/TMD and are seeking relief outside of pharmaceuticals. We welcome patients to ask questions about this treatment option to determine if it is right for them.
Seek noninvasive treatment for TMJ/TMD with Ridgeview Family Dental
Dr. R. McKell Young and his team of professionals are available to help patients who have been diagnosed with TMJ or TMD to find a solution that is noninvasive, comfortable, yet effective. Contact the office today by calling (660) 747-9117. We have three convenient locations in the communities of Windsor, Oak Grove, and Warrensburg, MO.
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