TMJ/TMD Treatment in Rochester Hills
The TMJ (or, temporomandibular joint) does a lot of heavy lifting when it comes to eating, chewing, and speaking. As a result, when TMJ disorders arise they can be very frustrating. You can experience pain, discomfort, and might commonly hear clicking sounds when opening and closing your jaw. If left untreated these issues can become more severe over time, building to headaches, migraines, and more severe pain. As with any dental problem, it’s best to get these issues diagnosed and treated early.Contact Us
What Causes TMJ Disorders?
Many different factors can lead to TMJ issues. Problems occur mainly based on how the joint itself and the muscles around it work together. Clenching or grinding your teeth (bruxism), whether during the day or at night while you sleep can gradually wear down the joint. The unique shape of your jaw or any past trauma you may have experienced can also factor in. As the issue becomes more severe you may notice some of the following symptoms:
- Worn, cracked or chipped teeth
- Muscle soreness
- Chronic headaches
- Neck pain
- Locked Jaw
How is TMJ treated?
Because every case of TMJ is going to be unique, they require a personalized approach. We start with a diagnosis of the problem. Once we determine what factors are contributing to your TMJ, we can offer treatment plans that will allow your joints to recover and your symptoms to ease. We strive to make those treatments as non-invasive as possible. Any pain or soreness can be managed with pain relievers while the custom mouthguards we provide protect your teeth from grinding and further wear. The recovery process isn’t immediate, but the important thing is giving your joint and muscles the time they need to heal. With regular treatment the symptoms can show real improvement.
At Hillstream Dental we’re experienced with helping patients recover from symptoms of TMJ. If you think you may be suffering from a TMJ Disorder, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office today.