You should be able to move your jaw without running into frequent issues with stiffness or pain. If you do experience these issues, it can make biting, chewing, laughing, and speaking uncomfortable, which means that the problem can affect you throughout your day. What can be done to help? It may be necessary to arrange TMJ treatment in order to resolve your problems with chronic pain. At our Virginia Beach, VA dentist’s office, individuals affected by jaw stiffness and pain can be treated with a custom oral appliance that eases joint and muscle tensions. If your issues with your jaw developed because of an oral health issue that disrupted your bite, we can explore the need to perform other restorative dental services to fully help you.
Dealing With Stiff Or Limited Jaw Movement
Have you found it hard to open and close your jaw without encountering some stiffness? Is it difficult for you to speak, laugh, or eat without a degree of pain? TMJ disorder can cause these issues, just as it can cause problems with chronic headaches and even teeth grinding issues! By bringing up these concerns during a dental examination, you can learn about options for treatment that resolve bite-related difficulties.
What Does TMJ Treatment Involve?
TMJ problems can develop due to problems with the alignment of your jaw, or thanks to issues with stress being placed on the joints and muscles. To alleviate tension and gently change the position of your jaw joints, a custom appliance can be given to you to wear. The appliance, worn at night, encourages better positioning for your lower jaw to ease tension and pain. If other problems linked to your TMJ disorder are identified during an evaluation, we can talk with you about other procedures that can be beneficial.
Issues With Teeth Grinding Can Be Linked To TMJ Troubles
One area of concern for people with TMJ disorder is teeth grinding. This habit can be picked up by people who have unresolved TMJ problems, but it can also be a habit that leads to this disorder. As with TMJ treatment, treatment for nightly teeth grinding, a problem known as bruxism, can be treated with a custom oral appliance. When in place, the appliance will keep your teeth apart as you sleep in order to protect you from harm. If this issue is not resolved, the wear and tear produced by grinding can lead to alarming dental damage!
Talk To Your Virginia Beach, VA Dentist About TMJ Treatment
Absolute Dental Care is prepared to help patients who start to grow concerned about TMJ disorder. With treatment, we can put a stop to active discomfort, improve your bite function, and generally improve your quality of life! To find out more about our oral health services, contact your Virginia Beach, VA, dentist, Dr. Folck, by calling (757) 428-7440.