Macedon Family Dentisty: Dentist Dr. Lisa Spinello
Tempromandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome (TMJ-TMD) is a common condition affecting a wide variety of people. TMJ symptoms can include severe headaches, jaw pain of varying degrees, teeth grinding, 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 a dentist can effectively treat.
The symptoms of TMJ can be debilitating and can greatly interfere with everyday life. The comfort and general well being of the patient is at the heart of our what we do at Macedon Family Dentisty, so pain relief is the first consideration of our dentists. Our dentists are able to test, diagnose, and devise an immediate plan to treat the underlying causes of the TMJ disorder.
Reasons for treating TMJ
TMJ could be a result of several different problems. Bad bite is the most common, but an injury resulting from a blow to the meniscus cartilage is also a possibility. Initially, the dentist will thoroughly examine the jaw area, the patients bite, take x-rays, and review the patient’s history in order to make an accurate diagnosis and recommend necessary treatment.
Teeth grinding is particularly common for TMJ sufferers and usually occurs at night. The grinding can eventually erode the structure of the teeth and lead to much more severe dental problems in the future. Untreated TMJ is one of the prime underlying factors in eroded jawbones and loose teeth.
There are several ways in which TMJ can be treated. A specially molded bite guard can be created to stop teeth grinding during the night. Another option includes changing the shape of the teeth to rid the bad bite completely, often called “realignment.” This is especially useful because it alleviates TMJ symptoms, including headaches, jaw pain, and dizziness. It may also improve the aesthetic appearance of the teeth.
Realignment involves adjusting the relationship between how the upper teeth come together with the lower teeth. This may require new restorations and/or adjusting the natural teeth as well. As with any procedure, the dentist will be happy to answer questions and discuss symptoms, options, and treatments.
At Macedon Family Dentistry, we offer dental care you can smile about. If you are experiencing any symptoms of TMJ and want to learn more about TMJ-TMD treatment, or if you a seeking a Macedon dentist, Fairport dentist or Palmyra dentist, please give us call.