Redford Dental Care in Carmichael has everything you need for dental treatment. We have highly qualified dentists who have specialties in dealing with temporomandibular disorder (TMD). A TMD is a disorder of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that is one of the most problematic diagnoses which practitioners of dentistry have to face.
About 57% of patients who seek help from the dentist have some complaints about a dysfunction of TMJ function. Similarly, bruxism or grinding teeth is another condition. In this condition, people clench, gnash, or grind their teeth either when awake or during sleep.
The advanced equipment, modern and safe preparations, materials, and skills of our dentists guarantee a high level of service. This results in the impeccable quality of services at our clinic.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the lower jaw and skull. The dysfunction syndrome of the temporomandibular joint is from 14% to 29% of children and adolescents suffer from this disease. You can feel it in front of the auricles when opening the oral cavity. So, you will find the rounded ends of the lower jaw that slide inside the joint fossa.
Disturbances of the mandibular joint may be in people of all ages, but this happens more often in young women. The TMJ treatment in Redford Dental Care (Carmichael) is possible with a variety of clinical manifestations of temporomandibular joint dysfunction. It is determined by polyeth biologic (multiple determining factors) developing pathological changes in it, which complicates the diagnosis and treatment.
Bruxism or grinding teeth is one of the main reasons. When the joint works too much, the articular disc can be worn or shifted. Bruxism can also displace the teeth in the wrong position and create a pathological tone of the chewing muscles. Some people do not know about their bruxism because it manifests itself in a dream.
What’s TMJ Treatment?
Surgical treatment consists of arthroplasty and is only performed in specialized surgical centers.
Our dentist will ask you questions and carefully examine you. He will conduct research using x-rays, MRI, computed tomography, and other special high-precision devices equipped in our clinic.
Conservative treatment includes relief of pain, removal of edema, manufacturing of a mouthpiece, or joint drain.
Reconstructive treatment is usually not in the acute phase. It is associated with a change in the position of the joint head condyle of the lower jaw. It can be carried out using different technologies. In this case, it is possible to change the position of the condyle and correct the position of the articular disc. Our dentists efficiently perform deprogramming of the musculoskeletal apparatus and normalization of the occlusion. For this, we have a team consisting of an orthopedist in a team with an orthodontist, periodontist, dentist, and therapist.
In some cases, an integrated interdisciplinary approach is used. A consultation with a neurologist, an ENT doctor, a psychotherapist, an osteopath, etc. is required. It often requires conduction of complete reconstruction of dental rows with crowns, inserts, patches with or without orthodontic preparation.
Patients with diseases of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) often come to dental clinics and offices. At the same time, they present a number of complaints. Many complaints are associated with morphological and functional changes in mandibular jaw and fall within the competence of the dentist-orthopedist. Since there are many different symptoms of TMJ, it is difficult to make a proper diagnosis.
Some people can hear clicking sounds from their lower jaw joints when they open their mouths. It does not hurt, so no one worries. But after a while, painful sensations can appear in the side parts of the face. There may be problems with chewing and wide opening of the mouth.
Common symptoms of TMJ include:
- With TMJ, the patient goes through the pain of muscles of the face, joint or around the ear.
- Clicks and other noises in the temporomandibular joint are the most common symptoms of a lesion of the TMJ.
- Some people have pain in the neck and shoulders, especially when talking and yawning, while sometimes there are muscle spasms.
- Blocking, fastening, or locking of the TMJ are similar terms. These are used to refer to the uneven movement in the joint caused by abnormalities in it. Blocking the TMJ can be seen simply as an uneven movement when the lower jaw is opened. It seems like catching something.
- Inflammatory symptoms of arthritis or synovitis in the joint are also evident in TMD. Patients always complain of pain in the joint, swelling of the soft tissues around it, fever, general weakness, and malaise.
- Decrease in bite altitude due to loss of teeth and their increased abrasion.
- Bobbing, grinding, and clicking when opening and closing the mouth.
- Problems with chewing and biting food.
- Headaches, malaise, and pain in the ears.
- Loss of hearing or ringing in the ears.
- The mouth does not open until the end, remained open or closed.
Does TMJ Go Away?
If you have TMD and have taken proper treatment, the pain can go away in a couple of days. Just eat soft food during all this time. This means that the TMJ can go away if you take proper measures. Avoid anything that can complicate your position and discomfort the joint, such as chewing gum and yawning. Apply ice to the side of the face can reduce pain.
Our dentist will prescribe medicines that reduce muscle tone and pain. At Redford Dental Care our experts can provide the best advice to reduce the TMJ.
When is TMJ Serious?
The treatment of TMJ is a serious, complex, lengthy, and multi-stage process. The dysfunction of TMJ is difficult to treat and many dentists do not have sufficient training to help such patients.
Patients do not receive the required timely care and go from one doctor to another. Not only do dentists but also do other therapists, otolaryngologists, and neuropathologists. This practice complicates the patient’s condition and leads to serious complications. It is highly recommended to visit our clinic to avoid such issues. Complete the entire course of treatment at a single place to avoid serious complications.
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A great family operation (pun intended). I have been a patient of Dr. Davey for a long time and recently had an emergency and the staff and Dr. Davey handled it very well for me and I'm no longer in pain. Tooth infections are a bear to deal with. Thanks again Dr. Davey and staff.
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