Treatment for TMJ/TMD may be a phone call away!
- Posted on: Apr 30 2019
Portland, OR area patients who are seeking quality dental care solutions are welcome to reach out to the team at NW Heights Dental. Dr. Keri Smith are pleased to offer patients a wide selection of services—including the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ/TMD concerns.
What is TMJ/TMD and what does it entail?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. This is the jaw joint that hinges the upper and lower dental arch. Sometimes, this joint becomes problematic for patients. They may experience a locking jaw in the open or closed position, popping and cracking of the jaw when they eat or speak, or even pain that radiates from the head down to the shoulders. When the condition reaches this point, it is called TMD, or temporomandibular disorder. The condition can be a daily struggle for the patients who have it, and many patients are seeking a way to address the problem that does not require pharmaceuticals. A dental team knowledgeable in neuromuscular dentistry is key to finding an effective treatment.
How can a dentist address TMD?
Dr. Keri Smith can help patients with their condition through oral appliance therapy. This is the use of a special mouthpiece that is worn to properly align the jaw and reduce the tension the condition can cause. This protects the natural teeth from being broken or worn down from clenching and grinding often associated with this condition. The oral appliance is made of medical-grade plastics and is custom-fitted to ensure it provides effective treatment. Our patients find that the use of an oral appliance can help reduce tension, reduce chronic headaches and migraines, and provide them with a pain-free lifestyle they can enjoy. Treatment of TMJ/TMD concerns often greatly improve the quality of life for patients who struggle with these conditions.
Ready to address the discomfort associated with temporomandibular joint disorder?
Contact the team of professionals at NW Heights Dental today to find out more about oral appliance therapy for TMJ/TMD concerns. Dr. Keri Smith encourage patients to book a consultation visit and initial evaluation by calling (503) 646-1463 and visiting the office personally at 975 NW Saltzman Road in Portland, OR.
Posted in: Temporomandibular Joint Disorder