Are you tired of hearing that your discomfort is “all in your head?” Are you weary of taking medications that partially and temporarily alleviate pain? Have you been to multiple doctors to address a variety of symptoms? You could have temporomandibular joint disorder. The team at Manhattan Beach Dental Solutions provides personalized TMJ/TMD treatment, helping patients in the Manhattan Beach, CA area enjoy improved oral function and comfort.
Why do some people have TMD?
Everyone has TMJs – the hinges that join the jaw to the skull. Why do some people have dysfunction of these joints? The answer depends on the patient. It could be a congenital abnormality, the result of trauma or arthritis, or inadequate nutrition. More commonly, though, TMD is triggered by:
- Bite imbalance that strains the jaw.
- Dental issues such as missing teeth or ill-fitting restorations.
- Chronic stress.
- Poor posture.
- Lifestyle habits that strain the jaw.
The condition may present intermittently throughout life or be persistent. Symptoms range from mouth pain to limited mobility of the jaw, headaches and migraines, dizziness, ear pain and noises, stiffness in neck, shoulders, and back, and more. Because the effects of TMD are so varied, the condition is often misdiagnosed or ignored. Comprehensive evaluation of the mouth with consideration for health problems that may seem unrelated is essential for accurate diagnosis.
Many options in TMJ/TMD treatment in Manhattan Beach, CA
The most important thing to remember about TMD is that your discomfort is real and should be taken seriously. The next key factor is that many treatment options are available.
Our team begins with the most conservative/least invasive choices. Sometimes simple lifestyle adjustments like giving up chewing gum or using a hands-free phone, and stress management techniques such as yoga or meditation bring relief. In other cases, modifications to teeth or dental restorations bring the bite into more comfortable balance. A custom-fit oral appliance worn at night reduces strain on joints. More severe cases may warrant cold laser therapy, trigger point injections, or electro-therapeutic point stimulation.
Get the answers you need and the effective TMJ/TMD treatment you deserve at Manhattan Beach Dental Solutions. Call(310) 340-6663
in Manhattan Beach, CA.