When your jaw joint (TMJ) isn't functioning correctly, it can cause a host of problems like frequent headaches, neck and shoulder pain, popping or clicking in your jaw joint, and tenderness when you eat and chew. Whether you suffer from one or a few of these symptoms, it might significantly impact your daily activities and your life.
Here are some of the ways in which Pascoe Vale dentist, Dr Amir Kaiee, helps patients who suffer from TMJ discomfort.
Diagnosing TMJ Disorders
Diagnosing TMJ disorders (TMD) is essential, so we can determine the right treatment to help you. Dr Amir looks for signs of premature wear to your teeth, gum recession, or broken teeth as a sign that you may be suffering from TMD.
When he determines what is causing your condition, it helps him to make the right treatment recommendations to help you.
How TMD Is Treated
Different treatments can benefit you, depending on the cause of your TMD. For example, crooked teeth and a misaligned bite may be the cause of your discomfort. If this is the case, you might benefit from orthodontic treatment to help correct your bite and tooth alignment and alleviate your TMD.
In another example, some cases of TMD are caused by clenching and grinding your teeth (bruxism). In these cases, the patient might benefit from having a custom oral appliance made to help adjust their jaw alignment at night during sleep since this is when bruxism typically occurs. A mouth guard also covers your teeth, so they're not in danger of developing fractures or wear from teeth grinding.
We Look Forward to Your Call
Dr Amir helps many patients who suffer from TMJ pain. If you would like more information about how we might be able to help you, we welcome your call to your Pascoe Vale dental surgery.