Are you having pain or movement struggles in your jaw joint or the surrounding area? If so, you may be suffering from temporomandibular joint syndrome, also known as TMJ or TMD. TMJ/TMD refers to dysfunction in the joint that connects our jawbone to the skull and the muscles surrounding this joint. Patients suffering from TMJ/TMD often feel miserable and require treatment to alleviate their discomfort.
Our dentist near you can assess your symptoms and determine if they are a result of TMJ/TMD. If TMJ/TMD is diagnosed, our professional team at Advanced Dental Concepts provides TMJ/TMD treatment in Laguna Beach, CA.
There are distinct symptoms of TMJ/TMD. Most patients notice pain or discomfort in the jaw or surrounding area. Others may notice clicking in their jaw when they open and close their mouth, locking of their jaw, or difficulty chewing and eating. Without treatment, these symptoms tend to worsen and lead to additional health issues such as debilitating head and/or neck pain, difficulty eating, poor nutrition, and diminished quality of life.
Therefore, if any of these symptoms are present, patients should make an appointment with our dental care team immediately for an examination to determine a TMJ/TMD diagnosis.
Of course, any pain and discomfort in the head, jaw, or neck region would cause patients to seek alleviation. Many patients turn to pharmaceuticals such as muscle relaxants or pain relievers. Though these options may provide short-term relief, they are not considered a long-term solution.
Instead, our dentist in Laguna Beach, CA can provide drug-free treatment for TMJ/TMD symptoms. This treatment includes a soft or firm device, called an occlusal appliance, that is placed over the patient’s teeth. Examples of these occlusal appliances include oral splints, bite plates, and mouth guards—all of which can treat TMJ/TMD symptoms without the use of pharmaceuticals. In addition, Dr. Dana Nichols can recommend oral exercises to reduce the pain and discomfort that is associated with TMJ/TMD.
If you are suffering from symptoms of TMJ/TMD, Dr. Dana Nichols offers available options to alleviate your pain and discomfort. Don’t wait to schedule an appointment for an assessment. Contact Advanced Dental Concepts for more information about TMJ/TMD treatment near you.