Many people think of TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder as just a medical name for jaw pain. In reality, it is much more than that. The jaw is a very complex and powerful – yet fragile – structure, and dysfunctions can cause a wide range of symptoms. Thankfully for people in Allen, TX and nearby communities, relief is not far away. Just visit Allen Dental Studio and talk to Dr. Michael Tiplea about TMJ treatment.
What is TMJ disorder?
It is actually a broad term that can apply to many different types of problems. Arthritis in the jaws, birth defects, bruxism, and misalignment are just a few of the conditions that can contribute to TMJ disorder. Furthermore, the symptoms can vary greatly from one person to the next. Because dental professionals have an in-depth understanding of the oral structure, many people are discovering that the best TMJ doctor is a dentist such as Dr. Tiplea who is experienced in treating this condition.
The symptoms of TMJ may include:
- Jaw or facial pain
- Pain in the shoulders, neck, and upper back
- Frequent headaches including migraines
- Ear pain or ringing in the ears
- Clicking or popping sound from the jaws
- Limited jaw movement
Many patients ask questions such as, “Do braces help TMJ?” The answer is maybe. If orthodontic misalignment is causing the problem, then braces will probably help. However, if the cause is bruxism, then you need a TMJ mouth guard. Some doctors might prescribe muscle relaxers for TMJ jaw pain relief, but that generally just masks the symptoms. In truth, the ideal treatment plan is different for each patient, depending on the cause, severity, and symptoms.
Dr. Tiplea begins with an examination, discussion, and diagnostics such as x-rays as needed. He will then work with you to create a treatment plan, which may include:
- Splint to bring immediate relief
- Equilibration (adjusting the biting surface of teeth)
- Occlusal guard
- Other treatments as needed
Relief is within reach. Does waking up pain-free and proceeding through the day without a headache sound like a dream? If the cause of your misery is TMJ, then Dr. Tiplea’s advanced expertise, attention to detail, and passion for perfection, coupled with a state-of-the-art diagnostics can make that dream come true! Give us a call at (469) 293-2007 and arrange a consultation to learn more.