Diagnosis and treatment of TMJ with a quality dentist in Brentwood
TMJ is a problem that exists when the joint of the jaw begins to malfunction. This joint is what is used to open and close the jaw and allow patients to eat, speak, and function properly. When the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) begins to cause problems, it can wreak havoc on the natural teeth. A Brentwood area dentist such as Dr. Jamil Alkhoury of Brentwood Family Dental can typically diagnose TMJ with a simple consultation visit and examination. Patients with TMJ may have misaligned bites and damage to their natural teeth and restorations, often a sign that the condition is occurring. Patients may also be experiencing chronic headaches, pain in the neck and shoulders, clicking and popping of the jaw, and reduced movement. Once diagnosed, patients can work with their dentist in Brentwood for treatment.
Treatment of TMJ is typically handled with oral appliance therapy. Patients with TMJ (or TMD, temporomandibular joint disorder) can use these oral appliances at night to help realign the jaw and protect the teeth and restorations from damage due to clenching and grinding of the teeth. Patients will notice that the forces are absorbed by the oral appliance and can reduce problems that often stem from this disorder.
In more severe cases, patients may benefit from orthodontics or surgery, but this is often unnecessary as oral appliance therapy often provides the best benefits in a less invasive manner. An examination and a discussion with a Brentwood dentist is the best way to learn more about the condition and determine if oral appliance therapy is beneficial. Our team works with patients to provide a proper diagnosis and discuss the best solution. We provide comprehensive dental care and work with individuals who are suffering from TMJ and TMD to provide them comfort and treatment that fits their needs.
If you live in Brentwood or any of the surrounding communities, contact the team of Brentwood Family Dental today to schedule a consultation visit and evaluation with Dr. Jamil Alkhoury. Our team provides a wide range of dental services to new and existing patients in the area, and works with children and adults to provide better oral health care and beautiful smiles for life.
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