Effective Treatment for TMJ Disorder
The temporomandibular joints (TMJs) connect both sides of the lower jawbone to the temporal bone of the skull. When the complex network of joints, ligaments, and muscles are compromised in any way, a potentially painful condition known as TMJ disorder can arise. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, more than 10 million Americans have this disorder. Dr. Paul Archacki can diagnose and treat TMJ disorder at his Boyton Beach, FL, clinic. Many patients can find relief from their symptoms with a simple custom mouthguard.
Symptoms and Long-Term Effects
TMJ disorder can be the result of several causes, which could include injury, worn cartilage, bruxism (teeth grinding), a misaligned bite, arthritis, or genetics, among other factors.
During your consultation, Dr. Archacki will examine your symptoms and medical history. He may also use advanced imaging technology to view how your jaw aligns and moves. Patients who have been diagnosed with TMJ disorder commonly experience:
- Jaw pain
- Facial pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Worn teeth
- Jaw popping when chewing
For some patients, these symptoms resolve on their own, but for others, they can become debilitating.
Am I a Good Candidate for Treatment?
Candidates should have realistic expectations for the effects of TMJ treatment, which can take weeks or months to fully deliver relief. There is no guarantee that the first treatment will be the last. Fortunately, there are several effective options available for this condition, with surgery usually being the last resort. Good candidates display symptoms of TMJ disorder and have a desire for restored jaw function.
Patients who have lived with the symptoms of TMJ disorder may be surprised by the amount of relief that treatment can deliver. Following therapy, patients can enjoy:
- Relief from pain
- Fuller range of jaw motion
- Ability to comfortably eat hard and crunchy foods
- Fewer headaches
Treatment Options for TMJ Disorder
Most patients with TMJ disorders can be successfully treated without surgery. Dr. Archacki offers custom mouth guards that shift your jaw into proper position, minimize teeth grinding, and prevent overextension of the jaw muscles. By preventing clenched jaws, the primary source of pain associated with this condition can be reduced or eliminated. Your mouth guard will be designed specifically to address your symptoms.
Many of our patients can find relief from their symptoms with a simple custom mouthguard.
Some patients with very worn teeth due to grinding might need dental crowns to restore a balanced bite. In other cases, orthodontics might be recommended. If non-surgical treatments fail to deliver relief, Dr. Archacki will explain which surgical options are available.
Contact Our Office Today
Left untreated, TMJ can lead to more serious complications, including fractured teeth, lockjaw, or worsening headaches. Dr. Achacki has more than 30 years of experience treating TMJ disorder and other dental conditions. Our staff practices compassionate care with the goal of changing our patients’ lives one smile at a time. If you are seeking relief from pain or other symptoms, contact our office online or call us today at (561) 736-1177.
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