TMJ Treatment Destrehan, LA

TMJ Treatment An Overview

TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is a popular term used to describe a chronic bite related disorder that is often associated with the misalignment or defect in the jaw joint. Although there is not a textbook TMJ treatment, it is important that patients undergo a full evaluation if they are exhibiting signs of TMJ to help alleviate their symptoms. When left untreated, TMJ can cause extensive tooth damage and other serious symptoms.

Most patients experience a multitude of painful or uncomfortable symptoms but don’t realize where their symptoms stem from. Symptoms such as headaches, neck pain, clicking or popping of the jaw, and tooth damage are all signs of a bite related disorder. It is crucial that you undergo the necessary testing to receive the diagnose and TMJ treatment you need to mitigate your symptoms and improve your dental health.

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What is TMJ?

TMJ typically refers to the temporomandibular joint; however, TMJ has become an all-encompassing term that is commonly used to describe dysfunction in the bite. TMJ can cause a variety of painful or uncomfortable symptoms in the mouth, jaw, and surrounding areas. Patients with TMJ often experience some form of malocclusion of the bite or crooked teeth. Teeth grinding or clenching may also cause trauma to the jaw joint and lead to other symptoms of TMJ.

What Are The Symptoms of TMJ?

Repeated stress or trauma to the TMJ can result in discomfort and a range of painful symptoms that may affect your quality of life. Ongoing stress to the jaw joints can also affect the way your teeth fit together. When the teeth are not properly aligned it can lead to discomfort in the jaw, neck, face, and teeth.

Common Symptoms of TMJ may include

  • Reoccurring headaches
  • Bruxism
  • Worn, chipped, or cracked teeth
  • Earaches
  • Popping or clicking of the jaw
  • Numbness in the face

TMJ Treatment What to Expect

The underlying cause of your symptoms will depend on the type of treatment you will receive. Dr. Andrews will work with you to develop the best form of treatment to help restore function and address damage to the teeth and joints.

We offer a full range of TMJ treatment in our Destrehan dentist office. For many patients, the first line of treatment is the use of a night guard to reduce or prevent teeth grinding and allow the jaw muscles to relax in a natural position.

Dr. Andrews can help you find the relief you need and help you manage your oral health. You may need one or a series of treatments fully address symptoms of TMJ.

Treatment Options For TMJ

  • Orthodontics: Orthodontic can be used to realign a crooked or misaligned bite. Orthodontics can also help relieve tension in the jaw.
  • Nightguard/ Oral Sleep Appliance: A custom designed night guard can help prevent teeth grinding and jaw clenching.
  • Restorative Dentistry: If you have experienced extensive damage to the teeth, we may employ restorative dentistry treatments to repair the teeth. We may recommend dental crowns, dental bonding, or porcelain veneers to restore damaged teeth.