TMJ Specialists Orlando
Treatment for TMJ disorder is handled by a
leading expert in the field of neuromuscular dentistry.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located in front of each of your ears, where your skull and the lower jaw meet. It allows your lower jaw to move up, down, left and right.
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Experiencing Jaw Pain When Opening Mouth?
TMJ Extends to Other Parts of the Body
Because our bones and muscles are connected, people who have a this disorder might feel pain in other areas apart from their jaws.
Jaw Range of Motion
TMJ can prevent you from using your jaw in its full range of motion affecting your ability to speak or even chew your foods.
Did you know that injuries to the neck could also give you TMJ problems (Even if the accident did not directly impact the jaw area) which can explain why TMJ pain can extend to other parts of the body, as in the neck for example.
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TMJ Headache Pain
The muscles of the TMJ run along your cheeks and jaw & sometimes these muscles can cause headache pains. When the jaw muscles become tense this may cause the pain to spread to other TMJ muscles located on top of your head, which has been known to cause headaches.
TMJ DISORDER TREATMENTS IN ORLANDO
There are a variety of individual relief treatment options for a patient that we can implement to improve the function and harmony of your jaws. Once an evaluation confirms a diagnosis of this disorder, your dentist will then determine the proper treatment course for you. It’s important for you to note that these types of treatment always work best with a team approach of professional care joined with self-care.
Self-care TMJ treatment Tips:
Resting the jaw and jaw muscle
Keeping your teeth apart when you are not eating
Keeping your teeth apart when you are not swallowing
Eating softer foods helps to relieve TMJ disorders.
Applying heat and ice to relieve discomfort
Jaw exercises do help a lot
Practicing good posture
Avoid tensing or clenching the teeth. This helps also the jaw muscles.
Avoid situations that causes stress
Physical therapy or biofeedback (stress management techniques) may also be recommended, as well as a temporary splint or nightguard which is a transparent plastic health appliance. This appliance fits over your bottom or top teeth and helps our patients to keep their teeth separated, thereby relaxing the muscles which causes this problem which will then lead to a reduction of pain. Different types of appliances are used by doctors for different purposes and this is by a case by case basis. The nightguard helps you to stop grinding or clenching your teeth and also helps to reduce muscle tension at night. The nightguard also helps to protect the joint surfaces and cartilage.
Bite Correction Or Surgery
Restorative dental rehabilitation, bite adjustment also known as equilibration may be needed if your disorder is caused by problems related to how your teeth fit together. Open-jaw surgery and arthroscopy are sometimes needed but is usually reserved for severe cases. Speak with your doctor about other possible remedies before trying open jaw surgery.
Our team of professionals really do care about our patients. During your consultation, your dentist will perform a comprehensive jaw, mouth, and head examination. Visit our office or make an appointment. You do not need to suffer any longer. Let us help you to find relief from these painful symptoms. Get back your time, get back your health, get back your life.
TROUBLE WITH YOUR JAW JOINT
There are many things that causes tmj disorder to develop. You might be grinding or clenching your teeth, stressing your joints and tightening your jaw muscles which causes damage and unnecessary wear. Disease or injury may be the cause of a damaged worn jaw joint. Arthritis and injuries can directly damage the joint movement, tear or stretch the muscle ligaments. As a result of this, the disk, which consists of cartilage and functions as the joint cushion can slip out of alignment. Whatever may be the cause, the results may include pains, misaligned bite, grating or clicking noise when you open your mouth or even trouble when trying to open your mouth wide. Locking of the jaw can also occur.
What is dental occlusion?
This is another name for the way your teeth meet when your jaws bite together. Grinding, clicking, or pain in the joints of the jaw, buzzing or ringing in your ears and difficulty in closing and opening your mouth could also be due to your teeth not meeting each other properly.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
Speak with our dentist about the various dental treatment options that are available to help you. “TMJ” stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the name for each joint (left and right) that connects the jaw to the skull. The pains you are experiencing could possibly have a dental origin. Did you know that bite and jaw alignment can affect gum, tooth, facial muscles and nerves? If you are experiencing clicking, popping, difficulty chewing, ringing in the ear, migraines, and headaches, then you can contact our dental clinic. Getting a proper diagnosis is the first line of defense.
Our team of dentists and doctors have the latest dentistry science and technology in neuromuscular jaw orthodontics and orthopedics. For more information about our treatment process visit our office in Orlando FL today.
If you have symptoms such as a clicking sound or discomfort, then you will be glad to know that due to the latest research TMJ disorders are now easily diagnosed & treated than they were in the past.
Symptoms (jaw pain, clicking sounds, pain in jaw muscles etc.) occur when the jaw joints are worn and/or the muscles that are used for chewing are working incorrectly.
Early treatment and detection of this disorders is important due to the fact that some forms of this problem may lead to serious conditions. For the serious pain disorders that will require treatment, no single dental treatment process can be used to resolve all the disorders completely. Treatment will take some time and will require patience to become effective., but you will smile again after visiting or dental practice.
Patients who do not respond to other forms of treatment are usually given the option of TMJ Implants. , including non-surgical treatment, or for whom prior joint reconstruction, including tissue grafts and/or joint replacement, failed to restore function and relieve symptoms.
Tips to reduce jaw pain long-term
Reduce jaw clenching with some of these stress relieving techniques.
Reduce chewy foods
Foods that are chewy, crunchy, tough, have proven to place excessive strain on your jaw joint which can lead to pain and discomfort later on during the day. We suggest that you avoid these foods:
- beef jerky
- chewing gum
Avoid Coffee and Tea
Your morning cup of coffee or tea could be a contributing factor to your muscle tension, as it has been known that muscle tension can be increased by caffeine consumption.
Reduce your jaw pain by avoiding large amounts of coffee or tea over time. Please note that caffeine withdrawal has been known to cause muscle tension when cutting it out of your diet.
Non-invasive treatment methods for your jaw pain are usually the first steps for treatment.
A plastic dental protector worn on your upper or lower teeth that’s custom-fitted for your mouth. Wearing one at when going to sleep has been proven to help stop you from unconsciously grinding your teeth. Try to purchase one that is custom fitted from dentist as these will fit better in your mouth and last longer.
If the mouth guard does not make an improvement that muscle relaxers can be prescribed to reduce tension in the jaw. Please be aware of the fact that these don’t always help people with TMD.
Botox cosmetic injections are a more invasive treatment option.. When injected into the jaw muscles, The botulinum toxin that is in Botox, when injected into your jaw muscles may prevent your jaw muscles from clenching, possibly helping to relieve jaw pain due to Temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Botox injections will last for a few months and may require re-injection at a later date.
In very rare instances jaw surgery to correct TMD problems would be recommended by a doctor. People with pain that’s due to structural problems in the joint of the jaw, severe pain are usually recommended for surgery.