When people often think of the many services that a dentist provides, they often think of routine procedures such as cavity fillings and dental cleanings. While these aspects of dentistry are rather common and absolutely an important part of keeping up with your oral health, there are other things that your dentist can help you with. Your oral health does not just encompass your teeth and gums; it includes your jaw as well. Jaw complications can significantly impact your overall oral health, and out our dentist here at Attentive Dental Care can help with such issues, including TMJ and providing TMJ appliance therapy here in Morristown.
TMJ is also known as the temporomandibular joint. This joint is what connects your jawbone to the rest of your skull. This joint allows your jaw to open and close, and any issues concerning the temporomandibular joint or TMJ is often a jaw disorder. Any such disorders of the jaw can create significant discomfort and can put a considerable amount of strain on your bite. Some more serious cases make it difficult to chew, eat, speak or use your jaw properly. Additionally, TMJ disorders may include problems with the jaw muscle, the muscle that moves the temporomandibular joint itself. Our dentist here at Attentive Dental Care can provide you with the proper therapeutic care that you need here in Morristown. One method of providing treatment for jaw disorders is the prescribed use of an oral appliance, which may also be known as a bite guard or stabilization splint, which fits over the upper and lower teeth. This splint can help reduce pain and other complications, though is not typically used for overall treatment alone. Not many patients with TMJ disorders require intensive surgery, so other less invasive methods of treatment and therapy are preferred.
You may have a TMJ disorder if you experience jaw muscle stiffness, any pain radiating from your face, jaw or neck, limited movement or locking of your jaw, or any painful clicking or grating sounds or feelings when opening and closing your mouth (which may also affect how the top and bottom teeth fit together after opening and closing). If you are experiencing any such symptoms, schedule an appointment with us here at Attentive Dental Care to discuss TMJ appliance therapy here in Morristown today.