TMJ Treatment in Las Vegas, Nevada
Joint pain can be a debilitating condition that affects the quality of your life. Over 47 million Americans suffer from chronic joint symptoms. However, when you experience pain in your jaw joint, this can affect every day activities like talking and eating.
TMJ Disorder, otherwise known as temporomandibular joint disorder, refers to any pain that comes from the temporomandibular joint. This joint controls the movement of your jaw and is responsible for a number of daily activities.
While the disorder itself is fairly easy to diagnose, it is often difficult to determine its cause. This is because there is a wide range of possible causes. Some possible causes of TMJ disorder include:
- Arthritis in the area
- Slipping or misalignment of this joint
- Loss of cartilage around the area
- Damage due to pressure or impact on the joint
- Teeth clenching or grinding
While this condition can happen to almost anyone, there are several risk factors for the disorder. These include:
- Being female around the age of 20-40
- Persistently being stressed
- Having poor posture
- Experiencing trauma to the jaw area
- Suffering from arthritis
If you are experiencing any of the following signs, you may be suffering from this condition:
- Pain during activities such as talking, chewing or yawning
- Difficulty talking, chewing or yawning
- The jaw “popping” when you open and close your mouth
- Pain in the jaw, ear or facial region surrounding the jaw
- Frequent Headaches
- Inability to close or open the mouth
- Misaligned bite
If you have experienced any of the symptoms described, you should visit us for a diagnosis. The process of being diagnosed involves a physical examination, a review of your medical history and several tests.
At our North Vegas dental office, we will thoroughly examine the jaw area as well as ask several questions that will help determine the cause, severity and best treatment for your case. Getting a diagnosis is crucial because leaving the condition untreated can leave you in great pain. Getting diagnosed can also help your dentist determine a treatment plan that works best for your case.
Oftentimes the symptoms can be prevented with simple precautions such as:
- Managing your stress level- this can often be achieved via relaxation techniques
- Avoiding brute impact on the teeth caused by eating foods that are tough or hard or biting nails,
- Practicing good posture throughout the day
- Being mindful of clenching the jaw
- Avoiding chewing gum and other activities that may aggravate the area
Many patients who have suffered from this painful jaw joint condition have reported that the pain has lessened or even disappeared with little to no treatment. However, for other patients, the pain can be severe and may not disappear as easily.
Fortunately, there are various options when it comes to treatment for jaw pain. These options come in different forms such as home remedies, in-office therapy or devices that are worn inside the mouth during the day and/or night. The type of treatment that works best for each patient is determined during the diagnosis process. The dentist will use a series of questions, a thorough examination of the jaw area and your medical history to choose the treatment process that is most effective.
Therapeutic Services at Baldwin Distinctive Dentistry
At Baldwin Distinctive Dentistry we offer TMJ treatment in Las Vegas, NV. Dr. Baldwin is experienced in diagnosing this condition in his patients. His thorough examination and his expertise in the area guarantee that the treatment he recommends is the most effective for your case. While we can provide tips on at home relaxation and therapy techniques, we also specialize in a form of treatment that has proven to be extremely effective in eliminating the pain and symptoms.
We offer day and night guards for patients who suffer from jaw joint pain. These guards are customized to fit the unique curves of your oral structures and are worn over the bottom or top row of teeth. They work by creating a small amount of space between the bottom and top row of teeth. This allows the jaw to relax, prevents grinding and clenching and also helps to avoid unnecessary pressure on the jaw joint. While most guards are designed to be worn only at night, Dr. Baldwin understands that most symptoms occur just as regularly during the day as at night. This is why our guards are designed to give relief all day and night.
For more information on our day and night guards, visit us at Baldwin Distinctive Dentistry or call us today!