If you have TMJ Disorder, you may suffer from chronic or even debilitating pain. At Redmond Dental Care, Dr. Yum offers several non-invasive treatments that can dramatically reduce your discomfort.
What Is TMJ Disorder?
Your TMJs, or temporomandibular joints, are the hinges that connect your jawbone to your skull. Because these joints have a huge range of movement, they are quite complex. TMJ Disorder (TMD) arises when the surrounding system of ligaments and muscles becomes inflamed. Alternatively, the soft disc inside your joint could slip out of place, causing friction and severe discomfort. There are many things that can cause TMJ Disorder, including dental misalignment. However, bruxism (chronic grinding and clinching) is the most common cause of TMD.
How We Treat TMJ
Although there are several treatment options for TMJ Disorder, a custom-made mouthguard is the most common solution. In most cases, you will only need to wear your device at night. It will prevent your teeth from touching, thus reducing pressure on your sensitive joints. If you suffer from severe TMJ, you may need to wear your mouthguard during the day, as well. In other cases, restorative treatment can help alleviate your symptoms. If you have worn or missing teeth, it can affect the balance of your bite, placing uneven pressure on your TMJs. By placing crowns, bridges, or dental implants, Dr. Yum can often redistribute force across your entire dental arch. Similarly, dental misalignment can increase pressure on your jaw. Therefore, in some cases, Invisalign® or other orthodontic treatment may be the most effective solution.
Do You Suffer from TMJ?
If you struggle with one or more of the following symptoms, you may benefit from TMJ treatment:
Dental erosion or hairline fractures in your teeth
A popping noise when you open or close your mouth
Ringing in your ears
Pain or stiffness in your neck and/or shoulders
After discussing your symptoms, Dr. Yum will conduct a manual examination. Then he can decide on the most effective way to ease your discomfort.
In need of immediate care?
We provide dental services after working hours and on weekends. Call us at (425) 883-2100