There Are Viable Dental Solutions For TMJ Pain
Here in sunny California, most of the time we have a lot to smile about. But at the dental office of Dr. Ghina Morad, we do have a number of patients who come to see us after suffering through many years of TMJ pain. We can assure you, that is no laughing matter.
You may have heard about such afflictions and wondered what all the fuss is about.
It breaks down like this:
TMJ are the joints on the sides of your head that allow you to move your jaw up and down and, as it happens, from side to side. Basically, every time you eat or speak, you are relying on the proper functioning of these joints.
Irregularities with TMJ can make it difficult to perform these actions. Which, when you think about it, makes it difficult for you to get through the necessities of everyday life.
Sometimes patients will come in complaining that they have very little opening capacity in their mouth. They can’t open wide or effectively chew their food. What’s more, they’re usually plagued by chronic, unrelenting pain in the jaw, face, and neck. If that wasn’t bad enough, migraine headaches are usually part of the package as well.
TMD vs. TMJ
Our team of oral health specialists recognizes that it is easy to get confused by the terminology.
So, we should start by reiterating that TMJ are the joints themselves (that are affected by all of this).
TMD refers to the actual condition, which in reality is a group of conditions known as Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders. TMD is what we treat here in order to relieve TMJ pain.
So, How Do You Treat TMD?
You can rest assured that the dental team here at the San Carlos office of Dr. Ghina Morad is knowledgeable and experienced when it comes to treatment options for TMD.
As such, the first thing we will tell you is to schedule a consultation because every treatment plan is unique and dependent on your individual situation.
In some cases, the solution to your TMD nightmare could be as simple as providing you with a dental splint (more technically known as an occlusive guard). Such a device can prevent jaw movement while you sleep and sufficiently relax your muscles so that they will function properly.
Interestingly, NTI, one type of splint we offer, has been shown to be particularly successful at alleviating TMD related migraine headaches.
Another option that we offer for TMD treatment is one that most people wouldn’t associate with their dentist.
Like many of our patients, you might be surprised to learn that Botox injections have an important non-cosmetic use in relieving pain for TMD sufferers.
Botox, it turns out, has a partial and (thankfully) temporary paralytic effect when injected into your muscles.
This is good news for TMD sufferers because this type of paralysis effectively prevents your jaw muscles from clenching and putting stress on your TMJ.
In certain cases, Botox can provide TMJ relief within a couple of days, and it will have its full effect around one week after the injections.
How Do I Get Started?
Don’t spend another day in unnecessary pain!
Contact us today to schedule your TMD/TMJ consultation at the San Carlos, CA dental office of Dr. Ghina Morad.
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