Your temporomandibular joints (also known as TMJ) may be relatively small parts of the body, but they have an important purpose – connecting your lower jawbone to the skull, which gives you the ability to chew, eat, and speak. Unfortunate, this big responsibility means that even the slightest aggravation in this area can throw the system off-balance, resulting in severe facial pain for the patient.
If you’re a victim of TMJ disorder, Dr. Seekand can assist you here in Conyers. With the help of effective therapy options, our team’s goal is to restore harmony to the TMJ so that you regain your full quality of life. Contact Seek & Smile Dentistry to get started!
TMJ disorder is a complex condition, and no two instances of it are exactly the same. However, there are some common symptoms that patients should be on the lookout for, which include:
TMJ disorder has several probable causes, one of which is a significantly misaligned bite. In order to reintroduce equilibrium to your rows of teeth, Dr. Seekand will provide occlusal (bite) adjustment. This is accomplished by carefully adjusting the surfaces of certain teeth or existing restorations in the mouth. As a result, your TMJ joints and jaw muscles should be subjected to far less strain than before.
Alternatively, many patients develop TMJ disorder over time because of bruxism (teeth grinding). In order to combat this harmful health problem, a custom occlusal splint can be created in order to minimize dangerous contact between teeth. Occlusal splints have other purposes as well, such as being used to reset the jaw’s resting position gradually over time. In fact, some patients can achieve permanent improvement through this technique as long as they use their appliance consistently!