The symptoms of TMJ may be only mildly annoying, or the symptoms may be painful to the point of distracting you from everyday tasks and making it impossible to concentrate. As an experienced neuromuscular dentist and an LVI graduate, Dr. John Schmid can manage your symptoms and alleviate your TMJ-related pain.
Our state-of-the-art dental technology is used to diagnose and begin managing your TMJ symptoms. Once your jaw muscles have been gently relaxed with the TENS unit, the K7 is used to determine the optimal position of your jaw. When your bite is in this optimal position, the muscles, nerves, teeth and ligaments will all work harmoniously together. Many treatments for TMJ are aimed at achieving this bite position. One such treatment is an orthotic.
A customized orthotic device relieves TMJ symptoms by placing your teeth and jaws in the ideal bite position. The orthotic corrects your bite, thereby relieving the neuromuscular stress and tension caused by poorly positioned jaws that strain the TMJ and its related muscles and tissues. The device is made from an impression of your teeth, and it fits over your teeth when you wear it.
Depending on your unique circumstances, Dr. Schmid may advise you to wear the orthotic all day every day – except for the time it takes to eat, and to brush and floss your teeth. Or, you may only need to wear it nightly. You may need to wear the orthotic for 3 to 6 months to gradually achieve proper jaw alignment.
An orthotic also prevents teeth grinding, which is a habit you may engage in while you sleep. Grinding is a common source of TMJ symptoms. If you grind your teeth, Dr. Schmid may recommend wearing an orthotic only while you sleep.
Another way to restore your bite is with dental restorations. If the cause of your bad bite is missing, worn, decayed or otherwise damaged teeth, any of the following restorations may be beneficial in relieving TMJ symptoms:
If your teeth do not come together correctly, or if there is an uneven biting surface, your TMJ and its surrounding muscles can be overextended and stressed. Dental restorations may be the right way to relieve this stress by aligning your bite.
If you live in Round Rock, Austin or the surrounding Texas areas and are searching for TMJ treatment, please contact Contemporary Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule a consultation with neuromuscular dentist Dr. John Schmid. Call 512-329-5967 today.