TMJ (Temporamandibular Joint) Treatment in Shrewsbury
Chronic facial pain and dento-facial migraine headaches are not normal and you do not have to endure them. If you have tenderness in the jaw or frequent head and/or neck aches, there is a possibility you are suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ-d) or dentofacial pain dysfunctions. With proper treatments, there is relief in sight.
What is a Temporomandibular Joint?
Your Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the foundation of the chewing mechanism and that of the lower third of the face. Without proper joint health and function, nothing else functions properly. Assessing your joint health is an essential part of our thorough restorative approach to dental care.
Dr. Steven Haywood will examine your TMJ for irregularities during your comprehensive or periodic exam in order to detect signs of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
What Does the Temporomandibular Joint Do?
The purpose of your TMJ is to allow your mouth to move both up and down and side to side. When it is properly aligned, your teeth meet in their optimal bite position, allowing for regular functions such as chewing and speaking to occur properly and without discomfort.
Normal TMJ function is essential not only for chewing and speaking, but for overall comfort in your jaw. When your TMJ is misaligned, you may experience headaches, extreme pain in the jaw, and ear or sinus infections. We can identify and treat these alignment issues so that you do not experience additional concerns associated with TMD.
TMJ Treatment – Crowns
Before and after TMJ therapy and dental work for Pastor Lutz in Shrewsbury, PA “I teach at a bible college and met Dr. Haywood at the church we both attend. My teeth never had decay yet I broke off virtually everyone of them with my grinding habit. I’ve done it for years and my teeth were all but gone! After setting my bite in the right position, Dr. Haywood was able to create a new set of teeth for me to try out and, when they were comfortable to me, I was able to get my new crowns made. The work took about 9 months and I have never felt better or smiled more. Thanks Dr. Steve.”
Why Causes TMJ/TMD Disorder?
The cause of TMJ/TMD disorder can range from injury to anatomical irregularities with regard to the joint and the chewing surfaces of the teeth. There are approaches to treatment called “Neuromuscular dentistry,” and older established approaches relating to centering the jaw joint in a position called “CR.” There is no clear consensus on which approach is perfect in the profession and we consider a full evaluation of your problems and concerns essential before any treatment. Techniques continue to be developed including cold lasers and digital bite analysis. We are highly experienced and trained in diagnosing facial pain and resolving TMJ and dento-facial pain syndromes.
How Is TMD Treated?
Treatment of TMJ disorders is more of a therapy than a quick fix, as this condition, in most cases, has developed over a long period. TMJ disorder also requires careful management specific to your individual needs. We are committed to your comfort for the future of your continuing care, and are committed to achieving optimal functioning and comfortable jaws. Our goal is providing proper care so that you can chew, eat, speak, smile, laugh, and sing without discomfort. Imagine how good relief will feel! Visit us for a thorough TMJ and dento-facial pain evaluation at our Shrewsbury PA dentist office.
Treatment methods available to treat TMD may include:
Bite analysis &ndash
Occlusal orthotics or appliances
Imaging of the joint itself by CT scan
Doppler sounding for joint abnormalities
Dr. Steven Haywood has extensive experience in helping to reduce pain, and perfect your smile. We will work closely with you to determine the treatment plan that is most ideally suited to your individual needs.