Do you suffer from constant pain in your jaw or chronic headaches? Have other doctors not been able to help you with these problems? If so, then they might be caused by a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, or TMD. This involves dysfunction in the joint that connects the jawbone to the rest of your skull. It can affect someone from the head on down, but thankfully, the dentists at SAAV Prosthodontics cannot only diagnose these types of issues but treat them as well. If you’re ready to finally get the relief you deserve, contact us today to learn more about TMJ/TMD therapy in Livonia.
If a patient reports or exhibits the signs of a TMD, our first course of action will be to examine the joint and determine what is causing the pain. Typically, stress, arthritis, bruxism (unconscious teeth grinding), and an uneven bite are the most common sources of TMJ-related problems. After consulting X-rays of the joint and testing its mobility, our dentists can formulate a treatment plan to stop the pain and restore the jaw’s function at the same time.
If the teeth do not come together properly, this can place undue stress on the sensitive jaw joint, leading to muscle tension that quickly turns into pain throughout the head and neck. After assessing a patient’s bite, we can slightly reshape (or even replace) certain teeth to create a more balanced and functional fit between the upper and lower rows. This will allow the jaw to move as designed, which should help it heal on its own.
Occlusal splints are small mouthpieces worn to bed, and they help treat TMD in two different ways. Firstly, they slightly shift the lower jaw forward to take the pressure off of the muscles and nerves so they’re able to relax and heal, and secondly, they prevent the teeth from grinding together during sleep. After a few months of consistent use, a patient should be able to go throughout their day symptom and pain-free.