The TMJ, also known as the temporomandibular joint, is a joint in the jaw that can oftentimes becomes troublesome for patients. Some patients have a lot of issues with their TMJ. Problems associated with TMJ are:
- Ground down teeth
- Worn teeth
- Cracked and chipped teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Facial, jaw, and neck pain
- Locked jaw
- Clenching and grinding of teeth
Dr. Aurelia is familiar with the dental problems that TMJ / TMD (Temporomandibular disease) can cause. With a thorough examination and some history of the patient's dental habits and problems, Dr. Aurelia can diagnose TMJ / TMD and offer solutions. TMJ / TMD problems are often chronic and need to be managed to eliminate further issues or health concerns.
There are a variety of non-invasive options that can be used to manage TMJ / TMD at the dental office. One of the most common considerations is a custom mouthguard. This mouthguard can be worn in order to help realign the jaw and ease the pain associated with TMD. This mouthguard can also help protect the teeth overnight when patients may tend to unconsciously clench and grind their teeth. Addressing TMJ issues can often eliminate excessive dental work on teeth to restore them after the damage has been done, as well as reduce or eliminate certain kinds of headaches, jaw pain, and tooth sensitivity.
Dr. Aurelia has several years of experience with TMJ / TMD patients and is able to recognize the signs of TMJ with a thorough examination. While surgery is considered as a last resort for patients with continued problems, many patients can find relief in oral appliances offered at their local dental office. These appliances are custom-made to fit the patient's teeth, and are more effective than any over-the-counter solution for TMJ / TMD treatment.
If you have been experiencing TMJ / TMD problems and live in the Rochester Hills area, call Dr. Aurelia's office today to schedule a consultation appointment. Don't go another day suffering from the pain and discomfort of this problem--take charge and start treatment as soon as possible!