Your life can be more difficult, and decidedly less fun, when you have to spend each day dealing with pain related to TMJ dysfunction. Your typical symptoms can include pain that limits your jaw movement, headaches, and discomfort that reaches your neck and shoulders. At our Shrewsbury, MA dental practice, we can work with you to correct problems with TMJ dysfunction. This problem is rooted in unaddressed problems with your jaw joints or muscles – to help, we can provide a custom oral appliance that can cause an adjustment that relieves stress in these areas. We can also offer necessary restorative dental work, or orthodontic work, to improve your dental function and help you prevent future TMJ troubles!
These Symptoms Point To A Possible Issue With TMJ Dysfunction
TMJ dysfunction refers to problems that affect your temporomandibular joints, and the muscles that move your jaw. The reason for a person’s problems can vary – while they may be related to other oral health issues, they can also be caused by arthritis in your jaw joints, or from a physical injury that affects your jaw. You can feel the effects as jaw pain, and limited motion, but the problem can also cause headaches, sensitivity, and pains in your face, neck, and shoulders.
Using An Appliance To Relax Your Jaw Joints And Muscles
A custom oral appliance provided by your dentist can adjust your jaw in order to alleviate strain on the joints and muscles. You can wear it at night in order to start reducing the effects that your TMJ dysfunction has on your quality of life. Our practice can also offer a custom guard that you wear at night to prevent teeth grinding from doing damage to your smile.
Taking Care Of Oral Health Issues That Increase Your Risk For TMJ Dysfunction
TMJ dysfunction can result if a person has a problem with their bite function that they are not addressing. These problems could stem from problems with poor dental alignment, which can affect the way you apply pressure while biting down. It can also stem from problems with individual teeth that are unhealthy, injured, or too small to provide appropriate support during biting and chewing. For individual problem teeth, dental crowns can be required. Orthodontic problems that affect you may be treatable with Invisalign aligners, which will allow you to straighten your smile without wearing fixed metal braces.
Talk To Modern Dentistry Of Shrewsbury About Addressing TMJ Problems
At Modern Dentistry Of Shrewsbury, you can count on our support if you are feeling the unpleasant effects of TMJ dysfunction! In addition to offering relief through a custom appliance that reduces stress on your jaw, we can provide treatment if there are oral health issues that are impacting your ability to bite and chew, and contributing to your troubles. Contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pizzi, Dr. Mehdi, and colleagues by reaching our office at (508) 842-8838.