TMJ Treatment in Irvine
Your TMJ is the joint that connects the lower and upper jaw, also known as the temporomandibular joint. This bodily systems works as one of the most complex joints in the entire body, capable of forward and backward movement, rotations, and side-to-side movements. But its complexity also can make it vulnerable to disorders, injury, or other concerns. In some cases, TMJ disorders can even cause significant difficulty and pain while trying to accomplish basic tasks such as eating or speaking. That is why our specialists are proud to provide quality TMJ treatment in Irvine to help patients get back to life as normal.
Though TMJ stands for the joint itself, it often can also refer to complications and problems with this joint, also called TMJ disorders. While these disorders and problems can vary significantly, some of the most common symptoms of TMJ problems are:
- Limited movement of the lower jaw
- Clicking sounds
- Muscle spasms
- Locking of the jaw
Symptoms can range from mild and barely noticeable to symptoms that simply interfere with every part of your life. While TMJ disorders can occasionally go away on their own, most patients could benefit from receiving proper treatment and the help of a professional.
What Caused My TMJ Problems?
Just looking at your teeth in the mirror, it can be hard to figure out what kind of restorative treatment will be right for you. Depending on the extent of the damage and the state of your tooth, you may need fillings, inlays, onlays, or even crowns. To see which is right for you, we recommend scheduling your appointment at our office and meeting with our experienced dentist. Once they discuss your symptoms and perform a full examination, they can help match you with the right treatment.
While the exact cause varies from person to person, some potential causes of the disease include:
- Low-level infections
- Auto-immune diseases
- Clenching or grinding of the teeth
Do I Need TMJ Treatment?
Diagnosis and evaluation of TMJ conditions are performed by dentists experienced in TMJ problems and treatments, such as those in our office. Some common treatments include Night Guards, Bite Guards, and Bite Adjustments. These are most effective for patients who clench or grind their teeth significantly during the night, or even during the day.
Based on your unique situation and the apparent causes of your disorder, your dentist can guide you toward the best treatment for you. With the right treatment, you can find symptom relief that allows you to take back control over your jaw, restoring the ability to eat, speak, and chew without difficulty.
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Which TMJ Treatment Is Right for Me?
Your TMJ specialist will work closely with you to find your ideal treatment. In some cases, you may notice a decrease in TMJ symptoms with only a single treatment, while others may need to combine multiple treatments. It all depends on the root cause of your TMJ and the severity of your symptoms overall. When you come in for your consultation, we can perform exams that will help us get a good idea of just what treatments you may need in order to see optimal results.
Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medication can often help decrease the symptoms of TMJ by reducing pain. Muscle relaxants or other medication may also be prescribed that would help with lessening the tension in your jaw.
Sometimes, a guide kinetic exercise is all that stands between you and a healthier jaw. A professional physical therapist can help you go through various motions to strengthen your jaw or reduce the overall tension in it.
We tend to reserve prescribing surgery for TMJ disorders only if the case is quite severe. Several surgical options are available that have a track record for delivering patients impressive results.
After Your Treatment
As your signs of TMJ disorders appear to clear up, it can be tempting to return to business as usual. However, it will be important to take care of your teeth and jaw, ensuring that the problem does not return in the future. For example, if teeth grinding has been the cause of your TMJ disorder, it will be vital to continue using your mouth guard or night guard for the duration of what your dentist prescribes. By following through with your treatment, you find yourself with the best chances of lasting improvements.
Do you live in or around Irvine and Huntington Beach? For more information please call our office to schedule your consultation.
Before & After TMJ Treatment
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you experience any TMJ problems or symptoms we are here for you. Please contact us and let us know so we can lock in and schedule your appointment today. The sooner you get an expert on your side, the sooner you can get treatment that will give you back full control over this area of your life. Our TMJ treatment specialist will be happy to evaluate your situation and offer the best treatment possible. Call us today or use our online form to get started on finding the right TMJ treatment for you in Irvine.
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