TMJ: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment
Over 10 million Americans are affected by temporomandibular disorder – both knowingly and unknowingly. The professionals at Scott J Owens DDS Cosmetic & Family Dentistry offer jaw disorder treatment to residents of Farmington Hills, MI. Whether you need a TMJ mouth splint or full mouth rehabilitation, we have you covered.
Essentially, temporomandibular disorder – commonly referred to as TMD or TMJ – involves the inflammation of the temporomandibular joint. This disorder impacts the strength of a sufferer’s bite by disrupting the harmony of the muscles, jaw and skull. Common symptoms of temporomandibular disorder include:
- Nightly headaches
- Teeth grinding/clenching
- Chipped or worn teeth
- Facial and ear pain
- Clicking noises while chewing
- Muscle fatigue
- Jaw locking
How is TMJ Diagnosed?
If the associated symptoms ring any bells for you, it’s a smart idea to consult a professional who’s familiar with jaw conditions. Temporomandibular disorder needs to be diagnosed by a specialist. An examination typically involves close analysis of the jaw and facial muscles – often through the help of an MRI. Our dentists work diligently with our Farmington Hills patients to create workable facial pain treatment plans.
The treatment of TMJ centers on correcting a misaligned bite and reducing the inflammation of the temporomandibular joint. This can be achieved through:
- Customized Bite Splints
- Mouth Guards
- Physical Therapy
- Posture Training
- Diet Modification
Full mouth rehabilitation is also an option for patients with misaligned bites and/or damaged teeth – which aggravate associated symptoms. Through restorative and cosmetic dentistry, our team can readjust and rework your bite, and lessen or eliminate facial pain and discomfort.
Get the Care You Need!
Instead of coping with life-altering facial pain and headaches, let our dental care specialists help. To schedule an appointment today, give our office a call at (248) 479-3452.