Why Should I See a Dentist for TMJ Therapy?
Many people will experience jaw pain in their lives. It can vary from somewhat uncomfortable to excruciating and make everyday actions, like eating, talking, or even just opening the mouth, difficult. In most cases, jaw pain is a result of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD). When discomfort makes it hard to do basic things, like eat or speak, it’s time to seek relief. At Kodish-Perez Dental Group in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Dr. Federico Perez and Dr. Gary Kodish are more than qualified to identify the cause of your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues and reduce your pain accordingly. In this blog post, we aim to help you understand what TMD is, how it affects patients, what causes it, and how it can be addressed using proven and innovative dental care techniques.
What is temporomandibular joint dysfunction?
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (or disorder) is a condition that affects the joints of the jaw, often leading to pain, sensitivity, tenderness, difficulty chewing, or a locked joint. TMD can also cause a clicking sound when opening or moving your jaw. However, if the clicking noise is present without any pain or lockjaw, you may not need immediate relief. If you think you might have TMD, our Fort Lauderdale, FL team encourages you to schedule an appointment with your dentist so they can evaluate the issue and figure out how to best treat it. The reason why many patients trust their dentists to address temporomandibular joint disorder is because many dental specialists have an in-depth knowledge of the oral structures, including the jaw joints. Our team at Kodish-Perez Dental Group is especially knowledgeable when it comes to neuromuscular dentistry, an area of dentistry that covers the muscles, nerves, and supporting structures of the teeth.
What causes TMJ problems?
There are many potential issues that could cause TMD, including:
- An uneven bite
- Bruxism (nightly teeth grinding)
- Arthritis in the jaw joints
- An injury or trauma that impacts the jaw
- Erosion of the disc or improper TMJ alignment
To effectively treat your TMD, our highly experienced dentists will work to uncover the cause of your joint pain and provide effective solutions to improve your health and offer relief.
How is TMD treated?
To address your temporomandibular joint pain, Drs. Perez and Kodish will first perform a thorough dental exam to evaluate the condition of your jaw joints and the alignment of your bite. They may also ask you questions to determine if you grind your teeth at night. Once we have identified the cause of your TMD, we can provide you with advanced solutions to relieve your pain and reduce the friction in your jaw joints. At our Fort Lauderdale, FL office, Dr. Kodish or Dr. Perez may place a TENS (transcutaneous neural stimulator) unit to ensure that your jaw is able to rest in its optimal position to reduce muscle spasms, stabilize your bite, and allow the muscles surrounding the TMJ to heal, thus reducing your symptoms.
Expert dental care for pain relief
Our team at Kodish-Perez Dental Group works with patients of all ages suffering from jaw pain, joint cracking, and discomfort focused around the ear and jaw joints. To effectively address your TMD, we will first identify its root cause and work to reverse it. If you want jaw pain relief with effective TMD treatments, schedule an appointment with Dr. Gary Kodish or Dr. Federico Perez at our Fort Lauderdale, FL facility at your earliest convenience