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TMJD Therapy

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Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, aka TMJ or TMJD is a painful condition that can drastically impact the quality of life for dental patients. Many times people are unaware that the condition is related to their oral health, but experience chronic headaches or migraines which cause them to seek out care from a medical doctor. Believe it or not, dentists can provide effective TMJ treatment and help patients manage their TMJ disorder symptoms.

The pain of TMJ comes from the TMJ and muscles around the joint from overuse or incorrect joint function. Damages to the disk, bone, or excessive muscle strain can make pain radiate through the head, neck, and shoulders. Oral manifestations of the disorder include excessively worn teeth, crowding, and damaged dental restorations.

Dentists manage TMJD by using different things like splints, Botox, or muscle relaxers. Splints are the most commonly used treatment, as they train the jaw to rest in the correct position during the day. During times of stress such as driving, or when you sleep are the most common times that people clench the jaws tightly together, irritating their TMJ condition. Wearing the splint prevents this from happening, as the teeth are held slightly apart and the jaw muscles cannot fully contract. Damage to the teeth is irreversible, and can cause other oral complications if the cause isn’t stopped.

Splints are small, comfortable to wear, and a fairly affordable treatment method. Don’t let TMJ disorder ruin your life and make you feel miserable every day. Ask your dentist about having a custom splint made as soon as possible. All that’s needed is an impression of your teeth. In just a few days, your customized splint will have you on your way to a pain-free day.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Eberhard, Mockingbird Dental Associates



Splint Therapy for TMJ Disorders

Posted in TMJ Therpy

Does TMJ pain have you aching all day long? Sore jaw muscles, or pain through the head, neck, and shoulders are all side effects of unmanaged TMJ disorder. Pain may cause chronic discomfort of the muscles, or just localized sharpness in the jaw. Surgery is often what most people consider as their only other option, but it can actually be much more effective to use non-invasive therapeutic  TMJ treatments such as bite splints.

Having a custom-made bite splint guides the lower jaw into a centric relationship with the upper portion of the jaw, reducing strain on the joint. This allows for rest of the tissues around the TMJ, and re-trains the joint. The splint will also prevent excess wear of the teeth, due to improper joint function or constant pressure on the tooth enamel. The theory behind this method is focused on creating a healthy jaw-tooth relationship that guides the joint into a healthy function each time it is put to use. Splints also prevent overuse of the joint, which is seen in people that grind or clench their teeth often. Instead, a resting space is made to reduce the pressure on the disc and ligaments in the joint, preventing clenching or grinding completely.

If conventional home treatments such as warm/cold compresses, anti-inflammatory medications, or relaxation exercises aren’t enough, then it’s time to ask your dentist about a TMJ splint. The small, non-invasive device can be worn during the day or while you sleep, and is easy to make. Why are you letting TMJ pain control your life? It’s time to control your TMJ pain!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Eberhard, Mockingbird Dental Associates



3 Reasons Why Orthodontics Isn’t Just About Good Looks

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Crooked teeth can make a person feel self-conscious about how their smile looks, so most orthodontic patients come into the office wanting braces to improve the appearance of their teeth. Not only does orthodontic therapy improve the way a smile looks, but also there other tremendous benefits to correcting the alignment of the teeth. Those reasons may be just as important as improving a person’s self-image.

#1 – Correctly aligned teeth are less likely to have cavities and gum disease. Crooked, severely misaligned teeth are more difficult to keep clean, even if you have very good oral hygiene habits. As a result, these teeth are more likely than healthy, straight teeth to develop cavities and gum disease. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, and orthodontic therapy is considered part of a comprehensive approach to treating and preventing gum disease.

#2 – Teeth that bite together properly will avoid premature wear and breakage of the teeth or dental restorations. Abnormal wear patterns can cause tooth enamel to have excess wear, making teeth appear older and more worn down than they should be. This can also cause restorations like fillings and crowns to break apart, compromising the health of the tooth.

#3- Disorders like TMJ can be better prevented with the teeth and jaws function together properly. Abnormal bite patterns cause the joint and TMJ area to be compromised and function incorrectly. This can place a strain on the muscles and joint, causing long-term chronic pain or complications later on. Correcting how the jaws bite together can alleviate joint strain and prevent TMJ disorder.

Posted on behalf of Mockingbird Dental

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