TMJ Affects an Estimated 35 Million People. Are You One of Them?
One in every 12 Americans has TMJ syndrome — a painful condition that affects the joint connecting your skull and jawbone. TMJ pain is not limited to your mouth. It can affect your ears, neck, behind your eyes, and even cause headaches. One of the most common symptoms is teeth clenching, or bruxism, which can permanently destroy your tooth enamel.
At Lakeshore Dental Specialists, our doctors can diagnose and treat TMJ syndrome. We have a diverse range of treatments that are designed to match the severity of your symptoms. While we favor conservative TMJ remedies, we offer several innovative dental procedures to help you find relief from chronic TMJ pain.
For some people, TMJ causes significant discomfort. If you find that TMJ is impacting your quality of life, our TMJ treatments can help you get relief. With the appropriate therapy, you can alleviate discomfort, enjoy your meals again, and improve your overall health. It can make a dramatic difference to your enjoyment of life.
If you suspect you have TMJ, rest assured that the condition is treatable. At Lakeshore Dental Specialists, we can diagnose TMJ and create a treatment plan just for you. Some signs of TMJ include:
In some cases, TMJ goes away on its own. Home remedies can go a long way to alleviate symptoms. Our dentists may suggest behavior modification and relaxation techniques to help ease your TMJ. Ice packs, NSAIDs, self-massage, and avoiding chewing gum can also help.
However, for some patients, conservative measures are not enough to combat TMJ symptoms. In chronic cases, medical intervention may be necessary. At Lakeshore Dental Specialists, we offer various TMJ therapies to put a stop to your TMJ pain, once and for all.
Some of your treatment options may include:
A splint or bite plate is a tool that is designed to stop jaw clenching. By eliminating clenching and grinding, you can preserve your teeth and get freedom from pain.
Re-aligning your jaw with braces, clear aligners, or a retainer can ease your TMJ, resolving your symptoms without resorting to surgery.
Fluid is injected into the joint to ease inflammation. This outpatient treatment has a short recovery time and is estimated to relieve up to 80 percent of TMJ symptoms.
Using a tiny lighted camera, our oral surgeon identifies a TMJ deformity, such as scar tissue or an irregularly shaped joint, and corrects it. Arthroscopic jaw surgery is minimally invasive. It eliminates the need for open surgery, instead relying on the camera to pinpoint the exact source of the problem.
TENSing involves relaxing your jaw muscles with gentle electric energy. This painless treatment takes about 60 minutes. During this time, your jaw may twitch or pulse. At the end of your treatment, your jaw muscle and TMJ joint are fully relaxed, easing TMJ symptoms.
There are no medical tests to diagnose TMJ. At Lakeshore Dental Specialists, our dentists rely on years of experience to diagnose jaw disorders, such as TMJ.
During your consultation, our doctors will ask about your medical history and conduct an oral exam. If your symptoms are severe, worsening, or fail to respond to conservative treatments, the next step may be a Sleep/TMJ treatment with the jaw experts at Lakeshore Dental Specialists.
Recovery largely depends on the type of procedure you have done.
At Lakeshore, we specialize in outpatient procedures, so you can go home the same day. Our dentists will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions and tips to lessen TMJ pain. At Lakeshore Dental Specialists, we are there for you both during and after your dental visit. Should you have any questions during recovery, call our office for assistance.
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18501 E 8 Mile Rd, Eastpointe, MI 48021