Ambler TMJ Treatment – Orthodontic Care for TMD
The temporomandibular joint, known as TMJ, is important to the function of your bite. A malfunction of this joint in which facial pain, general discomfort in the head and neck area occur is medically known as TMD, temporomandibular joint dysfunction. When left untreated, this condition could cause permanent and irreversible nerve damage. Fortunately, there are methods to treat TMD with orthodontics, and the team at Advanced Orthodontic Care is equipped to assess your concerns.
When a patient visits our office and relates concerns of jaw discomfort, persistent migraines, or other telltale ailments, Dr. Azizi recommends that a patient undergoes a consultation to discuss problems potentially associated with the TMJ. An examination will help determine whether our office can help alleviate the pain.
Symptoms of TMJ Dysfunction
Many patients who suffer from TMJ pain aren’t aware of the cause of their discomfort and often don’t know where to seek treatment. If you are experiencing chronic migraines or other health concerns and believe the cause may be TMD, contact our office.
Some common symptoms include:
- Constant pain in the jaw joint
- Aches or ringing in the ears
- Popping or clicking sounds when moving the jaw
- Difficulty chewing
- Muscular tension in the facial region
TMJ Treatment Options in Ambler
During a patient’s initial examination, impressions of the teeth are taken to view the bite pattern and alignment of the teeth. With TMD diagnosis, a splint or night guard is made the same day by our in-house lab, as a first step in the treatment process. The patient wears this splint for a few weeks. A follow-up consultation will help to evaluate whether the next phase of treatment is needed.
In many cases, this splint can lessen or eliminate TMJ discomfort when worn regularly for a period of time and oftentimes, continued wear is advised. The splint acts to relax tension in the facial muscles, protect teeth from wear, and make minor adjustments to a misaligned bite. In many cases, these modifications are enough for a patient to experience a noticeable difference.
In the instance that a splint does not alleviate symptoms, Dr. Azizi will determine whether a phase two treatment would be beneficial. Phase two treatment involves traditional orthodontic applications, such as metal braces or Invisalign® clear aligners, to permanently adjust the alignment of teeth in an effort alleviate TMJ pain.
If you think you may be suffering from TMD and would like to learn more or schedule a consultation, we welcome your call.