TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINTS (TMJ) AND TREATMENT OF TMJ DISORDERS
Do you have these symptoms?
- Frequent headaches
- Severe / migraine headaches
- Jaw joint pain
- Jaw joint noise
- Ear congestion
- Ringing in the ears
- Difficulty swallowing
- Clenching / grinding
- Facial pain / fatigue
- Sensitive teeth
- Neck pain
- Postural problems
- Tingling of the fingertips
- Nervousness or insomnia
- Snoring or Sleep Apnea
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
WHAT IS TMJ/TMD?
You may spend most of your life unaware of the important little triangular-shaped joint located in front of your ears. The Temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the joints which allows your lower jaw to connect with your skull and work in unison with the jaw muscles to allow your jaws to open and close. The temporomandibular joints are lined with cartilage to create a smooth, gliding motion. Under normal conditions, they allow you to open and close your mouth easily. When these joints are inflamed it can lead to a Disorder called Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD). This disorder (TMD) normally results in issues with the tendons, muscles, and alignment of the joint. An individual’s pain may be slightly different. Pain may be felt in the face, neck, ears, eyes (migraines) as well as your jaw and may be accompanied with a grading, grinding, clicking, popping sensation when opening and closing your mouth. Your jaw may even lock into an open or closed position. Another factor that can contribute to TMD are changes in your bite resulting from previous orthodontics. The smile may look amazing but the slight movement of the teeth can alter their contact point causing some teeth to hit which can cause TMD disorder. We sincerely urge patients to not wait until the symptoms of TMD reach a point they can no longer tolerate. Clenching and grinding as a result of TMD can promote premature tooth wear and even fracture that can lead to more extensive and expensive treatment in the future.
Dr Hanstein has dealt with patients suffering from this disorder since 1988. A thorough evaluation of your TMJ joints and associated muscles will evaluate the cause or causes in your discomfort to be identified. Patients are relieved and pleased to know that the discomfort and pain associated with TMD can be effectively treated by your dentist when properly identified. Dr Hanstein using a neuromuscular approach to treating TMJ/TMD Disorders will come up with a treatment plan specific to you and may include a combination of the following treatment options to eliminate discomfort.
WHAT ARE MY TREATMENT OPTIONS?
Occlusal Adjustment- Occlusal discrepancies of a small magnitude can be treated very easily by Dr. Hanstein performing an adjustment to your bite. The result will be an evenly distributed bite that eliminates irregular pressure on one side of your mouth. Your teeth will now meet properly. Neuromuscular Dentistry recognizes that all three factors of the bite (occlusion) must function together in harmony for true health and comfort to exist. This process is very effective. The growing field of Neuromuscular Dentistry is helping thousands of people who suffer from TMD. The incredible success of the neuromuscular approach to TMD therapy lies in its ability to effectively treat the source of the dysfunction, rather than simply remedy the symptoms.
Reshaping Teeth to achieve solid and firm tooth contacts
Occlusal appliance (splint) - This custom designed device will allow the joints and muscles to relax thereby relieving undo stress and improve your quality of life not to mention your sleep. This noninvasive approach if worn as directed can avoid years of cumulative wear on your joints and teeth to prevent damage or loss of the teeth prematurely.
BOTOX medical injections around the TMJ joint to allow the muscles to relax. Dr Hanstein also has taken several training utilizing Botox to help relieve the pain associated with TMJ. These injections are painless and give many patients extreme relieve.
STOP YOUR TMJ PAIN TODAY:
If you are experiencing migraine, neck pain or any of the other TMJ symptoms, schedule a TMJ/TMD consultation with Dr. Mark T Hanstein, DDS. Our office can partner with you to develop a comfortable and affordable TMJ/TMD treatment plan. As a specially trained neuromuscular dentist, Dr. Hanstein seeks to establish a harmonious relationship within your occlusion. Dr Hanstein has done post graduate study with the Pankey Institute specializing in occlusion. By applying your body’s natural laws of physiology and muscle isotonicity, the proper equilibrium can be restored to your masticatory system, leaving you healthy and feeling comfortable at last, without the use of potentially harmful medications. The benefits of this care extend far beyond those people suffering from chronic pain and migraine headaches. Neuromuscular principles can be applied to almost everyone, offering a lifetime of comfort, health and longevity for both you and your precious smile.
Concerned about Cost: You will find that treating your TMJ/TMD symptoms is very reasonable.
Our Goal: To relieve or eliminate pain and other TMD symptoms and restore physiologic harmony to the structures of the head and neck area. CALL our office today at 235-7288.