Don’t Let TMJ Disorder Take Control of Your Life: Contact a Professional Periodontist!
TMJ (or temporomandibular joint) disorder is a frustrating condition in which there is a problem with the joint that aligns your jaw. There are a number of potential reasons for developing TMJ disorder, and a range of symptoms that can accompany the problem. Many patients suffering from TMJ disorder are frustrated and don’t know where to turn. Others put off going in for treatment, assuming that the solution will be costly and out of their budget. At Central Florida Periodontics, we’re experts in treating TMJ disorder, and have found that many of our patients can be effectively treated without surgery. If you’re suffering from jaw pain, don’t put off getting help any longer. Let’s learn more about TMJ disorder and how a great periodontist can help.
What is TMJ Disorder?
The temporomandibular joint allows your jaw to open, close, and move around. Just like any other joint, the temporomandibular joint is susceptible to a number of problems. Whether it’s your genetics, arthritis, grinding your teeth, or injuring your jaw, there are many reasons that the joint stops functioning as it should. That’s why many people with TMJ disorder have different symptoms, and why their treatment course isn’t always the same. However, one thing TMJ disorder sufferers share is discomfort in their mouth when they chew, speak, and more.
How is TMJ Disorder Diagnosed and Assessed?
At Central Florida Periodontics, we identify TMJ disorder in a number of ways, such as listening to your jaw as it opens and closes as well as examining the area to help us spot TMJ disorder. For others, imaging such as X-Rays help us to get a better picture of where the disorder is and how it was caused. Once we have a better idea of what we’re dealing with, we’ll be able to recommend the best course of action.
What are the Treatments for TMJ Disorder?
There are a variety of treatments for TMJ disorder depending on how chronic your symptoms are, and the underlying cause of the problem. For many of our patients, their symptoms go away when they practice good habits and visit our office for their regularly scheduled dental check-ups. Home remedies such as applying heat and cold or stretching the jaw muscles carefully prove helpful for many. Additionally, there are a number of simple exercises you can do at home that may help you lessen your symptoms. For other patients, oral splints and bite guards help alleviate the problem. Surgical procedures may be recommended for some patients. Whatever the recommended course of action, many of our patients find that their treatment leads to a significant improvement or a total elimination of their symptoms.
At Central Florida Periodontics, we offer a wide range of technologies and treatment options for our patients suffering from TMJ disorder. No matter the severity of your symptoms or the cause of your TMJ disorder, we can help you find relief!
TMJ disorder can be extremely painful and frustrating for those suffering from it. Contact Central Florida Periodontics today to learn more about how we can help you if you’re suffering from TMJ disorder!