TMJ disorders involve injuries or inflammation of the temporomandibular joint of your jaw. This joint connects your jawbone to your skull and is essential in the processes of chewing and speaking. When something irritates or injures this joint, you may experience painful symptoms like jaw pain, tension headaches, earaches, and more. Over time, these symptoms can become difficult to ignore and may cause issues within your personal and professional life. Gwaltney Dental is here to help you by offering a TMJ treatment plan customized to meet your individual needs. Learn more about our TMJ treatment plans below.
TMJ Treatment in Suffolk, VA
Dr. Steve Gwaltney, Dr. J.Ryland Gwaltney, and Dr. Whitney Gwaltney are experienced restorative dentists in Suffolk, VA. They have helped many patients relieve the painful symptoms of TMJ disorders. Our doctors understand that TMJ disorders can have debilitating effects on patients of all ages. Some signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders include:
- Jaw pain
- Tension headaches
- Popping or clicking noise when you chew
- Dental damages
If you experience any of these symptoms, we are here to help you manage your TMJ disorder so that you can get back to enjoying life without these inconveniences. Your TMJ treatment plan will largely depend on the underlying cause of your pain. Patients develop TMJ disorder for many reasons. Some common causes of TMJ disorders include:
- History of teeth grinding
- Frequent jaw clenching under stress
- Misaligned bite pattern
- Missing teeth
For patients with a history of teeth grinding or frequent jaw clenching under stress, we will treat your TMJ symptoms using oral appliance therapy. This involves creating a custom mouthguard that can be worn during times of high stress, or while you are sleeping. The mouthguard will hold your jawbone in a healthy resting position and ensure that you are not putting added tension on your dental structures. Even if you do clench your jaw together unintentionally, the mouthguard will absorb the tension instead of placing that tension directly on your jawbone.
For patients with a misaligned bite pattern, we will recommend solutions that best meet your needs. Misaligned bite patterns can be treated with Invisalign to help shift your teeth into their intended positions. This allows for better chewing and speaking patterns, which will reduce the strain on your teeth, facial muscles, and jawbone.
For patients with missing teeth, we can offer several tooth replacement solutions including dental implants to help you restore the structure of your smile. When you are missing a tooth, this adds strain to all of your dental structures. By replacing the missing tooth, you are restoring the overall functionality of your dental structures and relieving unintended additional pressure on your teeth, gums, and jawbone.
Schedule Your TMJ Treatment Consultation Today
Gwaltney Dental is your local dentist office in Suffolk, VA. We are here to help you relieve your TMJ symptoms and get back to living life without jaw pain and other painful symptoms. Please schedule your TMJ treatment consultation online, or call us with any questions or concerns. We look forward to helping you restore the health and beauty of your smile.