What Is TMJ/TMD?
TMJ/TMD or temporomandibular joint disorder is the loss of synchrony and harmony. It is the often painful result of a misalignment of the jaw bone or other type of strain put on the jaw. Simply put, it is the loss of function and anatomic harmony of the masticatory system. The masticatory system involves much more than teeth alone, and is intimately related to the supporting structures of the whole face and head. A domino effect of sorts, when one part of the system is strained, it puts strain on the rest of the parts, ultimately causing the individual pain and discomfort. Our goal is to help regain a harmonious environment where healthy teeth, joints, periodontium, and muscles have optimal function and leave you with the best aesthetic results.
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Occlusal splints and Nightguards
Simply put, it is the loss between function and anatomic harmony. The masticatory system involves much more than teeth alone, it is intimately related to the supporting structures around them and one affects the other. Our goal is to help regain a harmonious environment where healthy teeth, joints, periodontium and muscles have optimal function and the best esthetic results.
Diagnostic, relaxing, reposition and reversable devices.
These devices will re-establish harmony that an individual has loss due to bruxism, clenching, an accident, dental wear, missing teeth, etc. They are used for temporo-mandibular disorders or to protect teeth from wear or even for occlusal stabilization.
What Causes TMJ/TMD?
Temporomandibular jaw disorder can be caused by a variety of factors, so the exact cause of your TMJ/TMD pain may not be clear at first. However, with her advanced 3D imaging technology and wealth of experience, Dr. Anna Vishart will be able to discover the root of your jaw pain and recommend the right treatment for you. Some common causes of TMJ/TMD are:
- Bruxism, or chronic teeth grinding and clenching
- Arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis
- Jaw injuries
- Other diseases or disorders that affect joints and connective tissues
Once Dr. Vishart uncovers the source of your masticatory discomfort, she’ll be able to recommend the best treatment option for your unique situation.
How Is TMJ/TMD Treated?
At Digital Dental Studio, we use the latest dental imaging technology along with our decades of experience to diagnose TMJ/TMD, and find the best way to alleviate your pain. Occlusal splints and night guards are medical devices designed to gently relax and reposition your jaw while you sleep. These devices will re-establish the dental harmony that an individual has lost due to bruxism, teeth clenching, accidents, dental wear, or missing teeth. More often than not, these devices are successful in treating TMJ/TMD symptoms. However, for more extreme cases, surgical procedures or Botox injections can be utilized if wearable devices and other therapies are unsuccessful.
Botox and TMJ/TMD
You may be surprised to find out that Botox injections are effective for more than just smoothing wrinkles, and that they’re actually a viable option for treating patients with TMJ/TMD. Botox is derived from the botulinum neurotoxin type A protein, and works by effectively paralyzing the muscles around the injection site. This effect essentially forces your masticatory muscle system to relax, and prevents the muscles from tightening or tensing, relieving you of your jaw pain or headaches. Botox injections are a non-surgical, outpatient procedure, and most patients are done with treatment in less than 30 minutes, making Botox therapy an excellent option for those with severe TMJ/TMD that isn’t responsive to more traditional treatments.
Visit Us For A Consultation
If you’re experiencing jaw pain, headaches, or even lockjaw, don’t wait to relieve your discomfort. Give us a call at (781) 471-7934 to schedule a consultation at Digital Dental today, so you can stop the ache of TMJ/TMD, and start living your life.