Michael L. Bleeker, DMD Scottsdale TMJ Dentist TMJ Pain Management
Tempro-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome (TMJ) is a common condition affecting a wide variety of people. TMJ is characterized by headaches, jaw pain of varying degrees, grinding teeth, and an intermittent ringing in the ears. The vast majority of TMJ sufferers are unaware that the root cause of these problems is something that can effectively treated.
The symptoms of TMJ are debilitating and can greatly interfere with every day life. The comfort and general well being of the patient is at the heart of the treatment and pain relief is the primary goal. Dr. Bleeker will take a detailed history of the problem including onset, previous therapies or surgeries and any medications taken for the problem. Dr. Bleeker will either make treatment recommendations or make a referral to another provider based on the patients symptoms and needs.
Reasons for treating TMJ
TMJ sufferers report that their symptoms generally worsen during periods of prolonged or unexpected stress, and that intense outbreaks of the condition can lead to neck pain and dizziness.
A common cause of TMJ is the misalignment of the teeth. There are several methods used to adjust or realign the teeth. Dr Bleeker will present his recommendations following the examination.
The grinding teeth symptom is particularly common and usually occurs at night. The grinding can eventually erode the structure of the teeth and lead to much more severe dental problems if left untreated.
It is important for anyone experiencing the symptoms of TMJ to have the symptoms evaluated.
What does treating TMJ involve?
TMJ could be a result of several different problems. Missalignment of the teeth, an injury or trauma resulting from a blow to the meniscus cartilage is also a possibility. A thorough history and physical examination including recommended radiographic studies and any necessary tests will be the first step towards develpoing a treatmen plant.
Once our Scottsdale dentist reaches a TMJ pain diagnosis, the recommended treatment will be presented to the patient. A specially molded bite guard can be fabricated to minimize the damage caused by teeth grinding during the night. Alternative treatments may involve orthodontics, muscle relaxants or injections to relieve jaw pain.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of TMJ, we encourage you to contact our office today to schedule an appointment.