Quality TMJ Treatment in Sarasota
TMD (temporomandibular disorder) is more than just an annoyance. It can actually affect every area of your life, from your confidence to your health. Instead of ignoring jaw pain, get relief with the help of Dr. Michael Childers at Waterside Dental.
TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders can be caused by a variety of issues including, arthritis, malocclusion or injury. Our team has the experience to uncover the cause of your TMJ, as well as provide customized treatment options.
Since TMJ symptoms mimic those of other disorders, patients living with TMD may not be aware they have a bigger problem. If you recognize any of the symptoms to the right in yourself or a loved one, please contact us for help. With a thorough evaluation, we can find out if you have TMD. Then, we can present customized recommendations to ease your discomfort.
How to Tell If You Have a TMJ Disorder
TMJ disorders are an issue for many people, although most do not know it. When you have TMD, your jaw joint does not fit properly which causes undue and unnatural stressors. Those stressors lead to symptoms like:
- Jaw pain, especially in the morning.
- Pain that starts in the jaw and radiates to the head, neck and shoulders.
- Chronic headaches and migraines.
- Tooth grinding (bruxism) behaviors.
- Jaw clicking or sticking.
- Pain when moving the jaw.
- A feeling that teeth do not “fit” together.
TMD Solutions That Fit Your Lifestyle
After diagnosing your TMJ disorder, Dr. Childers may offer several treatment suggestions, including:
- Occlusal AdjustmentDuring this process, Dr. Childers will smooth the tops of your back teeth to create a better alignment between your upper and lower bite. This can help neutralize stress on the jaw joint.
- Personalized Night GuardsThese appliances are custom made just for your mouth, and should be worn when you sleep. They hold your jaw in a neutral position, leaving you with less pain and often no discomfort for a restful sleep.
- Teeth Grinding TreatmentTeeth grinding is often connected with TMJ pain. Our office can help you determine if you are grinding your teeth, and how to stop this behavior.