Does your jaw click or pop when you open or close it? Do you live with jaw pain or reoccurring headaches? You might be among the 12% of the population who suffer from a disorder of the temporomandibular joint. The joint is located on either side of your face, connecting your jaw to your skull. When it functions incorrectly, it is known as a TMJ disorder. This can make simple tasks like chewing and speaking difficult. At Green Mountain Dental, we can help you get the relief you need with TMJ therapy in South Burlington.
A TMJ disorder can be caused by several issues, such as a poorly aligned bite, arthritis, or a past injury to the jaw. While it can occur in anyone, women are twice as likely to develop it than man. No matter the cause, it can lead to a variety of painful symptoms, including:
Symptoms can flare, lasting for several weeks at a time until they lessen. Unfortunately, it is just a matter of time until they reoccur unless you get treatment. Your dentist in South Burlington performs a comprehensive examination to evaluate the function and mobility of your temporomandibular joint. Besides a visual exam, diagnostic images are used to look for issues that may not be visible from the surface. Based on their findings, they create a customized treatment plan.
When your teeth do not align correctly, it can lead to uneven pressure on your joint. This can cause symptoms to flare. A minor dental procedure can remove and reshape the biting surfaces of your molars to help your jaw rest in a more comfortable position. Your dentist uses an impression and advanced technology to strategically align your jaw to alleviate the pressure. This significantly improves your symptoms to give you the relief you need.
An oral appliance is a convenient and noninvasive solution to treat TMJ disorders. State-of-the-art technology is used to determine the ideal resting position for your jaw. An oral appliance is fabricated to move your jaw into that position. Over time, your jaw is trained to rest there naturally to give you permanent relief from your symptoms.
The oral appliance is made from a comfortable acrylic material and looks like an athletic mouthguard. Besides treating TMJ disorders, it can also help protect your teeth from the damages of grinding and clenching.
If you are ready to yawn, chew, and speak without any discomfort, Green Mountain Dental has the solutions you need with TMJ therapy. We provide personalized treatments to stop your pain while improving your jaw’s function. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.