Rochester Hills, MI area patients who have been dealing with chronic headaches, broken restorations, and a tight jaw may want to speak to their dental team about the possibility of getting a diagnosis and treatment for TMJ disorder (TMD).
TMJ and TMD are terms often used interchangeably. Drs. John Aurelia and Dina Khoury of the Rochester Hills, MI community are dentists who see this condition regularly. TMJ, the joint that hinges the jaw, can malfunction. The temporomandibular joint can lock up and pop, becoming a frustration for many patients who struggle with the condition on a regular basis. Patients with the chronic condition, known as temporomandibular disorder (TMD) may notice:
Patients who have these issues will want to speak with their dentist to determine if they have TMD. After it has been properly diagnosed, then treatment options can be discussed.
Treatment for this condition is often achieved with oral appliance therapy. This therapy is the use of a specialized mouth guard that patients wear to keep their jaw aligned and reduce tension that may be caused by clenching and grinding (bruxism) that happens when they sleep. This also protects restorations such as crowns and bridges that can break or wear down because of this condition. These oral appliances are custom-made for patients to fit comfortably and are easy to care for. Many patients find that this is a successful treatment option that can provide long-term protection for the smile and ease the pain and discomfort of the underlying issues that can occur with this condition.
Any patient who has been diagnosed with TMD or even just bruxism can benefit from the use of oral appliance therapy. We encourage patients to ask about this option before believing that they may need more invasive treatments such as surgical intervention. This is often a last resort option for patients who do not see success with the use of appliance therapy and may need to consider alterations to the jaws and the surrounding muscles to treat their condition.
Patients in the community of Rochester Hills, MI are welcome to book an appointment with the staff at our practice to learn about the advantages of quality treatment options for conditions such as TMD. We encourage patients to schedule a visit with our team to discuss oral appliance therapy as an option for treating their discomfort. Call [phone2] today or visit the practice at 804 N. Main Street #201A.