TMJ Disorder Treatment
Do you think you might have TMJ disorder? Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues can cause pain and broken crowns, shrink your smile, and contribute to the wearing away of your teeth.
Very often, TMJ issues are caused by occlusal disease, a malfunction in the way your teeth come together. If left untreated, these issues can lead to wear and damage on your teeth, causing tooth loss and breakage, and extensive repair. TMJ issues also affect the tissues that support your teeth, which can lead to headaches, facial pain and neck pain. TMJ disorder can be caused by:
- An unbalanced bite
- Premature tooth wear from involuntary teeth grinding
If you have occlusal disease, getting it diagnosed and treated is the only effective way to address your symptoms - simply treating your symptoms without diagnosing the cause can actually cause further damage to your smile and your health. There are several stages to occlusal disease, and early intervention is key. In some cases, it can be detected, diagnosed, and treated during childhood or adolescence to prevent a lifetime of tooth damage.
Read on to learn more about how we can assess your jaw health and keep your bite harmonious.