The power of discreet TMJ treatment for pain relief, a healthy smile in Chandler, AZ
Did you know that the source of your headaches, earaches, and back and shoulder pain may be in your mouth? So, it stands to reason that relief from these often chronic and debilitating conditions is available at the dentist’s office. Effective treatment at Aquila Dental in Chandler, AZ, addresses the source of pain for lasting comfort.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMDs)
The TMJs are the joints on both sides of your face. They connect the skull and lower jaw, functioning as a hinge to facilitate smooth motions. These joints can become damaged due to injuries to the jaw, joint, cartilage, or discs or due to numerous types of arthritis and connective tissue disorders. Dr. Richard Higgs often sees TMJ symptoms among patients with bruxism. Patients who are bruxers unknowingly grind their teeth and clench their jaws during sleep. Daytime bruxers may also grind and clench when they’re stressed or when concentrating deeply.
Bruxing places uneven and extensive force on the teeth and joints. In addition to jaw and facial pain, bruxers’ mouths may be “noisy” and make popping or clicking sounds during movement (opening or closing the mouth). Jaw stiffness is standard, and TMDs can also affect how you chew your food, and the pleasure you get from eating when chewing is uncomfortable. Additionally, patients may experience ringing in the ears or tinnitus. Dr. Higgs can spot bruxism in other ways; it presents as chips, fractures, and wear and tear to the tooth enamel. The extreme pressure placed on the teeth can also damage dental restorations, shortening their lifespans and resulting in the need for replacement or repair.
Following a thorough evaluation at our office, Dr. Higgs may recommend relaxation techniques or even targeted exercises to strengthen the muscles and ease tension. We also encourage healthy habits; for instance, chronic gum-chewing and fingernail-biting can also lead to TMJ symptoms. So, it’s essential to refrain from these behaviors.
Oral appliance therapy is a non-invasive way to protect the teeth and lift the forces that are placed on the jaw joints. However, we have one of the most discreet options on the market to treat TMJ, bruxism, and related conditions. The NTI-tss™ is a tiny, plastic device customized to fit your mouth. Most commonly, the device slips over the four front teeth, which prevents contact between the upper and lower canines and molars. Other oral appliances are designed to slip over all teeth in the upper jaw. Due to this therapy’s unobtrusive nature, patients with awake bruxism may wear these appliances when working or studying throughout the day. Adjustment is minimal, and compliance is excellent! After all, what good is a therapy that doesn’t get used?
Call us today at (480) 360-5445 to schedule your evaluation. Keep your smile looking great and get sustained relief from daily headaches.