TMJ Disorder Treatment
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is a common condition that can cause symptoms like chronic pain and headaches. Dr. Hada offers treatment for TMJ disorder to help ease patients’ discomfort and improve their quality of life. Dr. Hada provides customized occlusal splints that reposition the jaw and improve a misaligned bite, and also offers mouthguards to prevent the nighttime tooth clenching and grinding that accompanies the condition.
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Diagnosing and Treating TMJ Disorder
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is a common condition that affects many individuals. However, symptoms of the disorder can be dramatically improved with simple general dentistry techniques. For many patients, pain in the jaw joints and surrounding tissues is not serious. It is often temporary and goes away on its own, with little to no treatment. Some people develop severe and lasting jaw pain that requires professional intervention and TMJ disorder treatment. At Hada Family Dental in Mission Viejo, CA, Dr. Richard K. Hada, DMD can diagnose TMJ and provide effective treatment to reduce or alleviate your pain.
What is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder is an abnormal functioning of one or both joints that connect the base of the skull to the lower jaw. Symptoms of TMJ disorder can vary from person to person, but may include pain in the face, jaw, neck, head, or shoulders; jaw muscle stiffness; limited movement or locking of the jaw joints; painful clicking, popping, or grinding of the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth; persistent headaches or earaches; or changes in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together, called malocclusion. Some TMJ disorder cases are caused by trauma to the jaw joint or muscles, but in many situations, the cause is unknown.
Diagnosis and Treatment of TMJ Disorder
Although common, TMJ disorder is not easily diagnosed because of the wide variety of symptoms that can present. As a result, the condition is often left untreated. Before consulting with Dr. Hada, you may want to speak with your primary care physician to eliminate the possibility that your pain is being caused by another condition, such as a sinus problems, ear infections, or migraines.
A night guard prevents unconscious clenching and grinding of your teeth, which can lead to worn down teeth and exacerbate your TMJ symptoms.
When you visit Dr. Hada, he will discuss your medical and dental history, as well as the symptoms that you are experiencing. He will then conduct a thorough oral, head, and jaw examination which may include imaging studies. After confirming the diagnosis of TMJ disorder, Dr. Hada may recommend a night splint or bite guard. A night splint is a custom-designed plastic mouth tray that fits over your teeth to stabilize your jaw at night. The device prevents unconscious clenching and grinding of your teeth, which can lead to worn down teeth and exacerbate your TMJ symptoms. A night guard also holds the jaw in a resting position, so tired muscles can relax and rest. To address malocclusion that contributes to TMJ pain, Dr. Hada may recommend modifying your bite with orthodontics or restorative dentistry treatments.
Contact Us to Relieve Your TMJ Pain
You do not have to live with chronic jaw pain caused by TMJ disorder. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Hada today, where he can conduct a thorough examination of your bite and make an appropriate diagnosis. After this consultation, he will recommend the best form of treatment to help alleviate your painful symptoms.