TMJ (jaw joint) and other facial pain issues are grouped together as temporomandibular dysfunction or TMD. It can range from annoying to debilitating and can be long or short in duration.
It’s important to understand that TMD can stem from many different causes, and sometimes even multiple causes. The key is to determine the cause of your issues, which can lead to the appropriate treatment.
If you're seeking orthodontic treatment, and experience TMJ symptoms, let us know. Our Bellevue orthodontist, Dr. Jeff Schur, works closely with a TMJ specialist to help you:
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End Your Pain
At-home therapies may help relieve pain, but they don't necessarily prevent future flare-ups or make for a sustainable, long-lasting answer. With TMJ treatment (even non-surgical), you’ll work toward a permanent pain-free outcome.
Improve Your Dental Care
The side effects of TMD frequently involve dental problems, like cracked or worn down teeth. Fixing your TMJ will help prevent those problems and ensure any future orthodontic, cosmetic, or restorative work is not ruined.
Eat Comfortably Again
When was the last time you chewed a nice steak without shooting pain? With TMJ treatment, say "goodbye" to your soft food diet. Eating what you want and when you want will surely affect all aspects of your life.
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Orthodontists are highly qualified to diagnose facial pain and TMJ issues because many of them have extensive education and training in oral maxillofacial, otherwise known as your oral and facial muscles.
Dr. Schur has specialized training on aligning your bite with your jaw. So if you need TMJ treatment, he’ll refer you to a top TMJ specialist and work closely with them throughout your orthodontic treatment.
Plus, getting a TMJ examination by an orthodontist will also help you rule out dental problems since many symptoms overlap, like tooth pain and sensitive teeth.
First, you'll meet with Dr. Schur to go over your symptoms, the condition's history, and any prior treatments. He'll perform a quick physical exam to assess your jaw, bite, and face. He'll share his findings and recommendations and save time to answer any questions or concerns.
The next step is imaging. Using modern dental technology, Dr. Schur will capture your facial muscles, nerves, bone, teeth, and more. This helps him narrow down your TMJ issues, such as inflammation, changes to your bone, and joint ligaments, disc, or bite problems. It's not uncommon for joint diseases to be diagnosed in this manner either, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
We don’t want you to be in pain any longer than you have to be. Based on Dr. Schur’s in-depth analysis, he’ll refer you to a TMJ specialist for treatment, or he may include his network of healthcare professionals for a team approach.
Partnering with other healthcare providers to treat TMJ is very successful because, generally, TMJ issues include a number of distinct conditions, not confined to any one specialty. Dr. Schur's referral network includes physical therapists, oral surgeons, a chiropractor, and a behavioral specialist. He'll collaborate with these specialists to help you find conservative and effective treatment(s) and check your progress.
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. It acts as a hinge on either side of your mouth, connecting your jawbone to your skull.
When the TMJ doesn't function properly or is impaired, it causes a temporomandibular disorder (TMD).
Symptoms of TMD unfortunately tend to make themselves well known:
If you notice these signs or have been told you have TMD, contact us for a complimentary assessment.
Common causes of TMJ disorder include:
TMJ treatment may be covered by medical or dental insurance.
TMJ symptoms may go away on their own.
The problem here is that the cause of your TMJ issues still exists, and symptoms may return (flare-up) again and possibly worse than before.
If TMD is not treated, you're at risk for:
Bite splints and night guards can be effective when used properly for a specific condition and adjusted over time.
Unfortunately, many dentists and doctors recommend these dental appliances as a generic fix. TMJ problems are more complex than that and therefore don't work for the majority of people. And if you don't get it adjusted as your bite changes, then it'll become less successful.
If you currently use a splint or night guard and still experience pain, contact us for a complimentary consultation.
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