Tackling TMJ Disorder
Do you suffer from TMJ disorder, or TMD? You aren’t alone. Thousands of Americans suffer from the various symptoms of a strained temporomandibular joint. The causes of TMD include stress, teeth grinding, teeth clenching, a bad bite, arthritis, and physical trauma. The symptoms associated with TMD are:
- Headaches and migraines
- Aching facial muscles
- Pain in neck and shoulders
- Pain around the jaw joint
- Ringing in the ears
- Jaw clicking and locking
These symptoms can distract you from your daily activities and tasks. Here at MiraBella Smiles, we know the pains associated with TMJ disorder, and offer effective treatment methods. First, you can visit Dr. Faltine for a consultation. He can gather information about your specific TMD type based on your symptoms. He can then learn more about the potential cause of your TMJ disorder, so that he can treat you successfully.
Dr. Faltine can treat your TMD and reduce all of your uncomfortable symptoms with the following treatments:
Medications | Dr. Faltine can prescribe pain relievers that will ease the pain and other symptoms of your TMJ disorder. TMD treatment medications can also reduce swelling. Other medications are used to relax the jaw if you tend to clench your teeth frequently. If stress is the cause of your TMD, Dr. Faltine can prescribe a helpful anti-anxiety medication for you.
Splints or Night Guards | We also provide custom-fit plastic mouthpieces that will improve your TMJ disorder. These mouthpieces will prevent you from clenching or grinding the teeth as much, reducing the stress on the joint and allowing it to relax. Splints are worn all of the time, but night guards are only worn at night. Both methods can significantly decrease the symptoms of TMD.
Restorative Dentistry | Often, the cause of TMJ disorder is a bad bite. Dr. Faltine can alleviate your TMD by improving your bite with various dental work. Crowns and bridges can be placed to adjust your bite and promote proper function of the temporomandibular joint.
Orthodontics | Another way to remedy an incorrect bite is with braces. Braces can straighten your teeth and allow the jaw joint to relax, reducing the pain of TMD.
You should get away from the pains and frustrations of TMJ disorder as soon as you can. Call in today to schedule an appointment, and Dr. Faltine will begin working on a relieving solution.