Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) often occur as the result of problems related to the jaw joint, the surrounding facial muscles, and the relationship of the teeth. There are numerous causes of TMD and the resulting problems can be widespread. Help is available for TMJ problems, but it is important to first consult a specialist for the proper diagnosis and treatment.
Common Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
You may suffer from some or all of these TMJ disorder symptoms from time to time. This is due to the fact that TMJ disorder can be a periodic problem or it can be chronic in nature. Dr. Lassle is experienced in diagnosing and treating the following conditions:
- Muscle pain near the face, neck, jaw joint, and/or shoulders
- Pain in or near the ears, chronic ear aches
- Lock jaw, popping in the jaw joint, clicking upon opening, or limited mouth opening
- Chronic headaches or headaches that tend to re-occur frequently
- Tinnitus (constant ringing in the ears)
- Difficult or painful chewing
- Constant or frequent toothaches
Treating Your TMJ Disorder
We can offer a number of customized treatment options if you have been diagnosed with TMJ disorder. Dr. Lassle has extensive experience in bringing relief to patients who are suffering from these disorders. The treatment solution may range from conservative to advanced, with the most common treatment modality being occlusal splint therapy.
When we use a custom occlusal or bite splint to bring harmony and equilibrium to the jaw joint, muscles, and teeth, we can relieve many of the most severe TMJ disorder symptoms. Equilibration refers to the gentle, selective reshaping of the teeth to balance the bite pattern and bring stability to the jaw joint. We often find that the height or position of certain teeth can interfere with the natural movement of the jaw.
The equilibration technique may also include the use of a special bite splint that can reduce the level of stress on the jaw joint and muscles. An occlusal splint is typically worn at night when clenching or grinding of the teeth is most likely to occur. For more extensive TMJ disorders, we may advise you to wear the occlusal splint for an extended period of time.
For more information about this effective and predictable treatment method, we invite you to contact us today.