How Your Dentist Can Help You Deal With TMJ Disorder

TMJ Disorder

The TMJ disorder or the Temporo-Mandibular Jaw Disorder is a condition in which your teeth and jaws are unbalanced and do not allow you to have a complete bite. Due to this severe misalignment, you are prone to experience migraines, clicking jaws, and pain along your face, head, ear, neck and even shoulders. In order to alleviate the pain and symptoms, your dentist can be of optimal help for your condition in multiple ways that are all listed below.

Initial Consultation

If you believe that you are suffering from this neuromuscular disorder, it is highly recommended that you book for a comprehensive consultation with an orthodontist at our clinic. This way your entire medical history can be reviewed, and a complete examination can be conducted. Your physiological and anatomical conditions will be evaluated, and their functions can be checked to the very last detail. 

This will help your orthodontist diagnose the severity of the problem and determine the accurate underlying cause of the disorder. This will also help your doctor understand if a problem in your bite has arisen from TMJ or some other oral conditions. Depending on this examination, an apt treatment will be recommended for your case. 

Non-Surgical Treatments

A non-surgical path of treatment is usually advised by your orthodontist to help the muscles in your face, neck and shoulders function better. This usually precedes any surgical procedures as the muscles need to be able to support your jaw and teeth at a comfortable position. This further allows for the jaw to reach its ideal position from where all functions relating to your bite and speech can be easily performed. 

To have this done, custom made orthodontics will be prepared for you that are either fixed or removable so that sufficient support for gradual realignment is provided. These can include braces for your teeth and a dental appliance and mouth guard to prevent your teeth from grinding further. To alleviate the inflammation and pain, medications that relax your muscles will also be provided by the dentist

Surgical Methods

If the non-surgical procedures are unable to provide any solution and an extensive procedure is needed to keep the jaw in position, then a surgery will be the last resort recommended by your specialist. One minimally invasive solution known as arthrocentesis is to inject fluid into the joint that attaches your lower jaw to the skull. This will remove any pressure that it experiences and will allow it to regain full range of motion and remove any signs of pain. 

Another surgical solution that treats the joint of your jaw is called arthroscopy, where the joint is operated upon to reshape it. Also, your dentist can then insert any other pain alleviating solution or other medication that will be beneficial for you in the long run. Any scar tissue can also be removed efficiently in this manner. 

The last solution is to have an open joint surgery where your bone is cut and reshaped to remove any excessive growth. This also applies to any tissue that has overgrown its usual size. Any replacement discs that need to be inserted can also be added through the surgery. Diseased bones along the jaw, skull or joint are also removed with this procedure.

To learn more about your condition and find a feasible solution to alleviate all your pain symptoms, book a visit with a professional orthodontist at our The German Dental Clinic. You will be assured of a well-conducted procedure and service that will leave you feeling visibly relieved and satisfied. 

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