TMJ DiagnosisTMJ and neuromuscular dentist, Dr. Tom Meyer
physical pain can impact negatively on those near and dear to you
Chronic pain can be unbearable and it is not always easy to diagnose. Many people come to us at the Meyer Dental Group with symptoms of TMJ disorder – a malfunction of the temporomandibular joint – the main jaw joint.
They have found that their pains and other symptoms experienced may not have been accurately diagnosed by their physician and have been prescribed painkillers and sedatives that do not get rid of the root cause of their problem.
TMJ treatment does depend on a positive TMJ diagnosis but often it is better to turn to a dentist for this as the joint is intimately related to the position of the jawbones and teeth. We can devise a method of treating TMJ pain once a diagnosis has confirmed that your jaw joints are the root cause of your symptoms.
What can cause TMJ disorder?
Some TMJ dysfunction is a result of a blow to the jaw or head during an accident or sports injury. It can also be caused by bruxism – teeth grinding – which some people tend to do unconsciously at night, sometimes because they find it hard to sleep. There are also possible reasons for a TMJ problem when the teeth have become shifted in position as a result of a dental procedure, e.g. to replace missing teeth or correct crooked or damaged teeth.
Whatever the reason for the problems in the jaw joint, your dentist should be able to diagnose the relationship and suggest methods for alleviating the pain by tackling the misalignment that has resulted in the jaw. Here at the Meyer Dental Group, our TMJ treatment makes use of sophisticated electronic mapping technology that pinpoints the jaw misalignment, allowing us to deal with it more effectively.
The TMJ dentist to the rescue
You may be surprised that a dentist can help alleviate pains in seemingly unrelated parts of the body such as the neck and back, as well as headaches and dizzy spells, but if these are caused by a misaligned temporomandibular joint, then the dentist is well placed both to diagnose and treat the problem.
We have access here at the Meyer Dental Group to a device (the TENS machine) that cleverly helps to relax four parts of the body simultaneously with a gentle massage of the muscles affected by pain.
Although this does not by itself get rid of the TMJ problem, it helps the dentist to focus better on the misalignment and does provide some immediate relief for the patient.
Further treatment may include the fitting of a custom-made orthotic mouthpiece designed to shift the misaligned jaw gently back into place over time. We may also suggest further dental work on some of your teeth if it is found that some of them may be contributing to the problem.
Aiming to regain your life
With a positive diagnosis of TMJ disorder treatment may be possible. TMJ symptoms can be both painful and worrying and can affect your overall physical and emotional health as well as the impact on your partner, family, and close friends.
It’s time to regain a happy life and get treatment for TMJ related problems that tackles the underlying causes and not just the symptoms.
Make a visit to Meyer Dental Group today and we will show you what our expertise and commitment to your care looks like in action when you see us practicing what we preach.