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TMJ Disorders New Philadelphia, OH

Treatment of TMJ Disorders An Overview

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jaw bone to the skull. This delicate joint is essential for chewing and speaking comfortably. Due to its sensitive nature and high concentration of nerve endings, damage of this joint is not uncommon and can lead to painful symptoms. A damaged or misaligned jaw joint is called a Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD), although it is commonly referred to as “TMJ.”

There is no one cause of TMD, and patients may experience jaw pain for many different reasons. Injury to the joint, stress, or teeth grinding can all contribute to discomfort in the jaw and face.  Many patients hold stress in their jaw through clenching or grinding their teeth, also known as bruxism.

Bruxism can damage the jaw joint over time and cause muscle tension causing the joint to become misaligned. The repetitive motion of grinding or clenching can lead to a wide range of painful symptoms and nerve damage.

Early and appropriate diagnosis of the underlying cause of jaw pain is imperative for effective treatment. Left untreated, TMJ disorders can lead to chronic, often debilitating headaches as well as discomfort in the jaw, neck, shoulders and upper back.

How do I know if I have TMD?

tmj therapy new philadelphia ohDo you wake up with headaches first thing in the morning? Do you feel tension or sharp pain in your jaw joint? Does your jaw crack or pop when it opens or closes?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be experiencing a TMJ disorder. Notifying your dentist of any chronic pain or discomfort in your face, head or neck is the first step to diagnosis. Early and effective intervention can help you avoid irreversible damage to the jaw joints. Dr. Robinson is a Dawson trained dentist which makes him uniquely familiar with underlying dental problems such as TMJ disorders. He can prescribe individualized treatment for a successful long-term result.

Treatment of TMJ Disorders What to Expect

Dr. Robinson will thoroughly evaluate the alignment of your bite and jaw as well as your overall oral health. Through a comprehensive consultation, Dr. Robinson will determine the underlying issues causing your discomfort and chronic pain and provide an appropriate course of treatment for alleviating your discomfort.

Due to his extensive training with the Dawson Academy, Dr. Robinson takes a complete approach to address dental concerns. This means Dr. Robinson considers all aspects of your chewing system, your lifestyle habits, and your personal preferences when treating complex dental concerns. Dr. Robinson has advanced knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and how it relates to your oral health-giving him the necessary skill set to provide thorough and personalized care for complex bite disorders.

If you suffer from TMJ related pain, you may benefit from a combination of restorative and bite alignment treatments that will allow for long-term results. Your recommended treatment for TMD will vary depending on the source of your dysfunction as well as any existing damage to your teeth.

You may benefit from one of the various types of mouth guards Dr. Robinson employs to help to prevent bruxism. These appliances prevent the teeth from grinding together while aligning the jaw into a comfortable and healthy position during sleep. This allows the jaw joint and musculature of the head and neck to relax and rest, often alleviating headaches and jaw pain almost immediately.

You may also benefit from cosmetic or restorative treatments to bring alignment to your bite. Malocclusion or misalignment of the teeth and bite can cause damage to the jaw joint over time. Aligning the teeth can allow the bite to come into contact in a more comfortable and natural way alleviating added tension on the TMJ.

Dr. Caleb A. Robinson DDS

Why choose Dr. Caleb Robinson DDS?

Dr. Caleb Robinson sets himself apart from other dentists with a comprehensive approach to your oral health needs that takes your overall health and wellness into consideration. From patient education to personalized care for your dental needs, our team is dedicated to the health and stability of your smile.

Dr. Robinson is a Dawson trained dentist, practicing Complete Dentistry for the best possible patient experience and a lasting outcome. We are a family-friendly dental office and also offer treatment for sleep-disordered breathing in children and adults.