If you have a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, you may be hesitant to address it, despite chronic pain and jaw problems. Surgery is not the only option thanks to advances in TMJ dentistry. You can actually effectively treat TMJ disorders without surgery by simply visiting Lebowitz Dental.
In general, you can avoid some symptoms of TMJ disorders by doing things like taking medication, reducing stress, eating soft foods and applying hot and cold packs. But to permanently treat TMJ, you’ll likely need to do more.
Here are some of the non-invasive ways Lebowitz Dental can treat your TMJ disorder:
• Corrective dentistry – TMJ disorders may be often caused by an improper bite, so ensuring yours is normal helps immensely. Corrective dentistry that effectively treats TMJ disorders includes crowns, bridges, braces and even reshaping the teeth to remove interferences that affect the bite. There are various ways to correct your bite and ultimately help correct your TMJ disorder.
• Bite guards – Usually worn at night, these devices fit over your lower and upper teeth to prevent them from coming together. This is because many people with TMJ disorders tend to clench or grind their teeth, which causes problems. Bite guards also help align your bite. The best thing about visiting a dentist for your bite guard is that they can customize one to fit your mouth’s specific needs.
• Oral splints – Similar to bite guards, oral splints are worn all the time. They also align your upper and lower jaw while reducing muscle fatigue and improving your joint health and mouth posture. Your dentist can create a customized oral splint as well, making this a low-risk, reversible option that doesn’t require surgery.
•Physical therapy/counseling – If your dentist diagnoses you with a TMJ disorder, they may advise physical therapy or counseling in addition to an oral device or corrective dentistry. This reduces stress and teaches you exercises and habits that help reduce pain and other symptoms.
Surgery unfortunately is the only option for a select few, but it’s very rare. Most can receive treatment for TMJ disorders with the options listed above.
Schedule a consultation with Lebowitz Dental and enjoy eating, talking and chewing again!