You don’t need to suffer the effects of TMJ pain any longer. Dr. Morton can help provide TMJ treatment that you need to give you lasting relief. Take back control of your life and get past your TMJ problems with help from Mint 32 Dentistry in Alpharetta, GA.
What is TMJ?
Oftentimes, patients present with excessive wear on their teeth. We know that there is some sort of imbalance or para-functional habit that's occurring when we see extensive grinding or wear patterns. Some people are aware they grind. Some people are not. It all starts again with conversations and questions, just to see what may be contributing to the presentation that they have. If a patient knows that they grind in their sleep, a solution could be something as simple as wearing a split or a guard at night. If there are problems with snoring or an awareness of sleep apnea, then we would also investigate that, because we know that bruxism often occurs in people who stop breathing or have some degree of apnea. We want to make sure that we give them the right treatment. Simply placing a night guard on someone who may have apnea can actually intensify or magnify their obstructive sleep apnea. We want to be cautious with what treatments and modalities of treating these patients that we pursue.
This can also cause issues in the joint, so if an appliance is improperly made or not fitted correctly, it can cause or add stress to the joint apparatus, which certainly can lead to more pain or discomfort. We have a very complex approach in how we are able to treat patients, because it can be a very complex problem. We always progress slowly after extensive examination, just to really dial in as to where the problem and what may be causing the problem, before simply just prescribing some sort of appliance to treat, whether it's a TMJ or TMD issue, grinding, or sleep apnea.
TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint. That is the joint that connects the jawbone to the skull on each side. Temporomandibular Disorder, or TMD, refers to issues affecting the TMJ and the muscles and soft tissues that surround it. Common TMD symptoms
Causes of TMD
There are a number of issues that can cause TMD. The most common is subconscious clenching or grinding of the teeth. This usually occurs during sleep or when under high amounts of stress. Patients with this type of TMD may find that their symptoms vary depending on their level of stress.
Other causes of TMD can include:
During your visit, our team will take a detailed dental and medical history. Tell us about any symptoms or injuries to the TMJ area. Be sure to notify us of any chronic illnesses or medications you are taking. Next, Dr. Morton will perform a comprehensive exam of your head and neck. We will pay particular attention to the jaw muscles and joints. We may recommend a screening X-ray to rule out other issues. At this point, we can recommend an initial treatment plan in most cases.
Dr. Morton will recommend a conservative treatment plan based on your individual needs. We can help relieve TMD pain, reduce stiffness, and increase function.
If you need TMJ treatment and solutions for teeth grinding, call Mint 32 Dentistry in Alpharetta, GA office today at 770-901-2719 to schedule a consultation. You can schedule your appointment online as well using our online form.