TMJ, sometimes referred to as TMD, happens when the temporomandibular joints on each side of your head cause pain and discomfort in your muscles, bones, and discs. By association, the pain and discomfort negatively impact your ability to speak, yawn, and chew. TMJ can also cause pain in your jaw, neck, and head.
The discomfort may last years if not treated, leading to the development of other unhealthy problems, such as:
Dr. Veligdan diagnoses TMJ by checking the joints on both sides of your head for pain or tenderness. If you have limited jaw motion, or there’s an audible popping sound when moving your jaw, you may have TMJ.
The grinding or clenching of your jaw can cause your teeth to wear down, chip, or crack. For pain and inflammation, Dr. Veligdan may recommend pain relievers or muscle relaxers to loosen your tight jaw muscles.
He may also recommend a splint to protect your teeth. The splint acts as a guard and fits your upper and lower teeth. When your jaw instinctively closes, your teeth will be unaffected by the grinding. As a result, not only will your teeth be safe, but you may notice a decrease in jaw pain or discomfort when chewing. If this doesn’t work, the final option is surgery, but it’s rarely recommended unless you’re unable to open your jaw.
Dr. Veligdan takes X-rays of your teeth to decide on the best treatment for you. If he recommends a mouthguard, he’ll take impressions of your teeth to custom-fit the guard to your mouth. A cast is created, followed by the guard, built with soft or hard acrylic materials.
Dr. Veligdan uses the mold to assess how the guard fits your teeth. If necessary, he makes adjustments to it. At night you put the guard into your mouth to keep from grinding or clenching your teeth.
Dr. Veligdan will inform you of your treatment options during your initial consultation. Call today or book your appointment online to get relief any painful symptoms of TMJ you may be experiencing.
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