Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is a multifaceted condition affecting the jaw, often presenting symptoms that can be similar to other medical issues. Due to this complexity and the potential for misdiagnosis, it’s crucial to seek a professional evaluation and treatment from an orthodontist who specializes in musculoskeletal disorders. Their expertise is vital in accurately diagnosing TMJ and providing the most effective treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
The TMJ joints enable oral function, making it the most used joint in the body. TMJ disorder can cause symptoms that range from mild to debilitating. Although the exact cause of TMD is unknown, temporomandibular disorder may stem from:
- Uneven biting surfaces
- Mouth or facial injury
- Alcohol use
- Sleep apnea
- Teeth grinding or jaw clenching
TMJ disorder can lead to both intermittent flare-ups and chronic pain, significantly impacting your daily quality of life. Effectively managing this condition requires adherence to a well-structured treatment plan designed to minimize pain and discomfort. This approach is crucial for alleviating symptoms and improving your overall well-being.
Limelight Dental are highly qualified, having completed extensive training and accumulated many years of experience. They are committed to staying at the forefront of TMJ treatment advancements. To ensure they provide the best possible care and pain management for TMJ disorders, the team regularly participates in additional education. This commitment to ongoing learning means they stay updated on the latest techniques and products in TMJ treatment, offering you the most effective and current solutions for your needs.
Limelight Dental understands the disruptive nature of TMJ / TMD and the discomfort associated with the condition, which is why we offer the following treatment options, tailored to your unique needs:
Occlusal Adjustment – A simple orthodontic treatment to correct uneven chewing surfaces.
Orthodontics – Bite and tooth correction to improve comfort and jaw function.
Mandibular Repositioning Splints – Repositioning the lower jaw to correct TMD that stems from obstructive sleep apnea.
Occlusal Splint Therapy – Custommade night mouthguards to minimize teeth grinding and to keep the jaw in a neutral position.
In addition to these treatments, we will prescribe daily jaw stretching and exercises to improve the strength of the supporting joints, and palliative care to help manage symptoms.
Schedule your appointment with Limelight Dental today to find the solution to your TMJ disorder.