TMJ Treatment Gilbert AZ
TMJ or the jaw joint disorders are among complex disorders of the jaw that are usually chronic.. Dr. Mazaheri treats TMJ pain by use of bite splints, and special custom fabricated night guards..
Before treating TMJ disorders, it is crucial to understand the factors that contribute to this condition. Some of the common elements are stress, teeth grinding, headache pops, and clicks of the joint, and neck discomfort. TMJ symptoms often appear similar to those of other conditions; however, the following symptoms have shown to correspond with TMJ.
Temporomandibular joint symptoms can appear very similar to those of other medical conditions, making diagnosis very difficult. If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, you may have a TMJ disorder:
- Shoulder & neck discomfort
- Jaw soreness upon awaking
- Teeth grinding and clenching.
- Short and worn teeth
- Popping & Clicking of jaw joint
Dr. Mazaheri often treats TMJ symptoms with a removable custom made dental appliance that helps to keep the teeth and the jaw in proper position during sleep. Since many patients are not aware that they grind and clench their teeth during sleep, chronic teeth grinding leads to tooth wear and is a significant contributor to decay and periodontal disease. Most people are not aware that they grind and clench their teeth during sleep, and prolonged teeth grinding can lead to wear of the teeth and contribute to decay and periodontal disease. More importantly, this pathological grinding of the teeth can lead to the collapse of the bite over time and makes the TMJ symptoms more severe.
Upon being diagnosed with a TMJ disorder, Dr. Mazaheri may fabricate a customized oral appliance to help to alleviate your symptoms. In more advanced cases of TMD disorders, the bite often collapses and dramatically impacts the jaw joint function. A full mouth reconstruction may be considered in advanced cases to reconstruct the bite and place the teeth in proper form and function. Full mouth reconstructions not only restore the teeth to proper form and function from collapsing of the bite, but they can also improve the facial aesthetics for many patients.
For many patients, TMJ treatment dramatically improves the quality of life and helps reduce discomfort and symptoms. If you are having TMJ symptoms, please contact our dental office in Gilbert for a consultation.
Types of TMJ Removable Appliances
Night Guards – Night guards are one of the most common forms of appliances which we use to treat TMJ pain. It takes just two visits to fabricate a night guard appliance at our office and most patients are very compliant with such devices. For more information please visit our night guard page.
NTI Appliance– NTI is a dental appliance specifically fabricated to help relieve symptoms of migraine and headaches. NTI appliance relaxes the muscles and helps minimize tooth wear and as result reduce joint strain.
Bite Splint- TMJ splints re-position the jaw in a comfortable position that helps relive the symptoms and discomfort associated with TMJ.