Visit NW Heights Dental today to learn about neuromuscular dentistry and affordable solutions
- Posted on: Dec 30 2018
Patients who have chronic pain and discomfort in their jaw joint may be dealing with a neuromuscular problem. Patients in the Portland, OR community who are faced with these issues are encouraged to visit NW Heights Dental to find out if they have a condition called TMD.
What is TMD?
TMD is short for temporomandibular joint disorder. This condition is caused by the TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, which is the jaw joint that hinges the upper and lower jaw. It allows patients to open and close their mouths to speak and chew. However, there are times when the jaw joint itself, as well as the muscles around the jaw, become problematic. Patients may experience some of the following issues when they are diagnosed with TMD:
• Chronic pain and discomfort in the jaw joint
• Pain that radiates up to the ears or down to the neck and shoulders
• Clicking and popping of the jaw joint when opening and closing
• Locking of the jaw
If these issues are present in your day-to-day life, you need to visit a dental professional to find out if you are dealing with TMD. Once patients get a proper diagnosis, then they can work with their dentist to determine if oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment.
Understanding oral appliance therapy for TMD
Oral appliance therapy is the use of a special mouth guard supplied by the dentist to wear at night to protect the teeth and jaw. It can ease problems with the jaw joint by providing a cushion while also aligning the jaw properly. This is the least invasive way of treating TMD. However, some patients may have the condition at a more severe point where they will benefit from more extensive treatment options such as orthodontics or jaw surgery.
Call Drs. Keri Smith and David Hiebert today!
Find out if you can benefit from oral appliance therapy as a treatment for your neuromuscular conditions. Our team at NW Heights Dental works closely with patients to provide them solutions for their smile and their overall wellness. Call (503) 646-1463 to book an appointment and learn about the benefits of treatment in our office at 975 NW Saltzman Road.
Posted in: Temporomandibular Joint Disorder