Some patients who have chronic problems such as pain or locking of the jaw joint may be dealing with a condition known as TMJ disorder or TMD. TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorder is a condition that affects the jaw and can cause a host of issues in the jaw, head, neck, and even the shoulders. TMJ disorder is often treated by a dentist who can recommend a treatment plan that may include oral appliance therapy. Drs. Roger Suter and Adam Boustany of All Smiles Dental in Shinnston, West Virginia, encourage patients who have the symptoms of TMJ/TMD to work with them to provide effective relief.
What are common signs and symptoms of TMJ/TMD?
The most common symptoms of TMJ disorder are:
- Tenderness of the jaw muscles
- Pain or discomfort when chewing
- Clicking sounds when opening and closing the mouth
- Chronic headaches, often toward the back of the head
- Difficulty with speech caused by muscle tension around the jaw
- Neck aches and shoulder stiffness
- Ringing in the ears or sensitivity to noise
Symptoms can vary among people and may be different for each person. If you have any questions regarding your own diagnosis or treatment plan, talk to Drs. Roger Suter and Adam Boustany of All Smiles Dental.
Treatment for TMJ/TMD conditions
Oral appliance therapy is often recommended for patients who have TMJ/TMD. This type of therapy involves using a device that fits in the mouth and helps keep the jaw in a correct position. This can help to relieve pain and other symptoms associated with TMJ disorder. Botox injections can help relieve the pain and symptoms of TMJ. There are a variety of dental appliances available and Drs. Roger Suter and Adam Boustany will help you select what is best for you. Oral appliance therapy may be just what you need to get relief from your symptoms!
How do I find out if oral appliance therapy is right for me?
Our team is here to provide a definitive diagnosis of your condition and talk to you about appropriate treatment options. If you live in or around the Bridgeport, Clarksburg, Shinnston WV area and want to speak to our professionals at All Smiles Dental, we welcome you to call (304) 635-5454 to request an appointment at 2017 East Pike Street.
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