How Do You Know If You Have TMD/TMJ?
If you have any of the above symptoms, you could be suffering from TMD. You should give your physician a call to schedule an appointment immediately to be diagnosed officially. You can even make an appointment with our Dental Care Office to be diagnosed by our Dr. Nguyen. TMD can be challenging to diagnose. The diagnosis can be due to the symptoms present as sometimes the diagnosis can’t be seen through x-rays. The great deal of pain that comes along with the disorder can be frustrating to deal with. The team of dentists at Lansdowne are committed to ensuring your pain is treated and alleviated as much as possible.
How Can TMD/TMJ Be treated?
Many patients who have this disorder assume the only treatment is with a CPAP machine. A CPAP machine is a positive airway pressure machine that brings respiratory ventilation for patients with sleep apnea. The symptoms of your disorder will be analyzed in order to find the right treatment.
Braces are typically used for younger patients. The use of orthodontics allows the ability for the dentist to shift the alignment of jawbones and teeth around for a perfect alignment. The braces allow for the slow movement of the teeth to widen certain areas to allow for more airway flow.
The use of dental crowns, implants or bridges can help align teeth and the jaw better. The alignment of these things can allow for better airflow and therefore, a better sleep.
Dentists can administer Botox as a therapeutic treatment to ease the pain that a patient may feel with TMD. This type of therapy reduces some fibers in the facial muscles that could feel less painful. The Botox can also numb the needed areas for some time.
Custom Night Guards
Custom night guards are among the most recommended solutions for TMD/TMJ. A perfectly tailored mouth guard, created by the Lansdowne dental care center’s lab will allow for a better nights sleep. The mouth-piece will hold your tongue forward and help the alignment of your jaw to allow the flow of air. Patients like this option as it can be removed in the morning without the need for any form of commitment. Patients can wake up feeling well-rested and energized for the day ahead!
If you are wondering just which options are best for you, book a visit with Dr. Nguyen. Do not let the pain of TMD affect your daily life. Take the time to visit our office for the option to treat The symptoms. Give us a call today at 703-750- 8185, or use our online contact form and a member of our staff will respond promptly.