Some patients may find that they suffer from pain when eating or even a clicking or popping noise when opening and closing their mouths. These are the most common symptoms of TMJ. The disorder also known as TMD is caused by a malfunction in one of the joints in the jaw. If these symptoms sound familiar, it’s time to get into contact with Chesterfield Family & Cosmetic Dental Center in Springfield.
Who is a Candidate for TMJ Treatment in Springfield?
Patients who suffer from the following symptoms should seek treatment for TMJ immediately
- Pain in ears, shoulders, neck or jaw
- Chronic headaches
- Pain when chewing
- Clicking or popping when opening or closing your jaw
- Tinnitus (ringing ears)
- Dizziness on top of these symptoms
To begin your TMJ treatment, the first step during your visit to our dentist in Springfield will be a complete dental exam including a precise examination of your jaw and mouth, in addition, x-rays and other pictures may be needed to diagnose your condition accurately and ensure for the best treatment possible. The x-rays will give your dentist a better look at what is going on in your mouth to create a better treatment plan.
Why Do You Need TMJ Treatment?
TMJ treatment is important because the pain being caused can usually be taking a damper on your life. In order to enhance your life and prevent further dental issues like uneven wear of your teeth and grinding or teeth clenching at night, TMJ treatment is crucial. After beginning TMJ treatment, you will notice that your symptoms will soon subside and you will be feeling better. Without treatment, your teeth will wear unevenly and you might face damage or decay.
What is TMJ Treatment?
There are several different methods for treating TMJ, it all depends on what is causing it. Some patients may only require an oral appliance to be worn at night to prevent grinding and teeth clenching while others may require orthodontic treatment or something as severe as surgical jaw alignment. Other treatments include mouth guards or dental crowns to help your teeth align correctly. Oral appliances can help retrain your mouth where to place your tongue and where to rest which can help relieve symptoms.
Where Do I Begin?
If you suspect you have TMJ, contact Chesterfield Family & Cosmetic Dental today to be accurately diagnosed with TMJ. Once you have been diagnosed with TMJ, your dentist will plan the best treatment for you to treat your TMD. After a month of treatment, you will notice that most of your symptoms will subside and you will be feeling better. Relieve your pain today and contact our Springfield dentist today by calling 417-888-0771 or by filling out our online contact form. We will be in touch with you soon.