TMJ disorder is common in today’s world, and while no two cases are exactly alike, there are some common symptoms that patients can observe in their day-to-day life. These include:
If one or more of these ailments sounds familiar, let Dr. Prida know at your next appointment. She will review your bite and TMJ joints during a comprehensive exam to determine the severity of your condition and the extent of any damage that’s already occurred. Our goal is to correct underlying bite misalignment, protect teeth from further injury, and relieve pain as effectively as possible.
Following your evaluation, Dr. Prida may determine that correcting one or more teeth is necessary to alleviate the symptoms caused by TMJ disorder. This is known as occlusal adjustment, and it will involve our team analyzing the main points of contact between teeth and distributing the force caused by biting down to reintroduce harmony. Occlusal adjustment is often recommended in conjunction with occlusal splint therapy to provide ideal results.
Occlusal splint therapy involves the use of a custom oral appliance that’s designed with your unique smile in mind. Once in place within the mouth, this devise will readjust the resting position of your upper and lower jaw, helping to reduce facial pain and the threat of oral damage. The diligent use of the splint should create permanent improvements over time, helping to restore the jaw’s natural, healthy function.