According to data collected by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, an estimated five to 12 percent of the population suffers from TMJ dysfunction and muscle disorder. Your TMJ, or temporomandibular joints, play an important role in your everyday life by allowing you to easily and comfortably open and close your mouth. If they aren’t working properly, it could result in a variety of painful symptoms that can take a toll on your health and life. To learn more about this condition, read below and contact our dental office for a consultation to discuss TMJ therapy in Burien, WA if you’re experiencing any symptoms.
Without proper treatment, TMJ dysfunction can become worse. That’s why we recommend that any patients who are experiencing symptoms of this disorder visit us for a thorough examination. Some problems that you may experience if you have TMJ dysfunction include:
An equilibration or occlusal adjustment is a minor, non-invasive procedure that allows us to evenly distribute the force of your bite along your entire jawbone and arch of teeth. This keeps one area of your mouth from sustaining additional strain and force that can cause TMJ dysfunction. To do this, we’ll take an impression of your teeth to find any areas of your bite that come together prematurely. Then, we’ll adjust and buff-out these areas to create a more even bite so it doesn’t trigger pain, tension, or discomfort when you chew or use your mouth.
Another way that we’re able to relieve TMJ pain is by creating customized orthotic devices called occlusal splints that patients can wear at night while they sleep. Your splint will be specially designed to shift the alignment of your jaw into a more natural position to relieve tension. Over time, your jaw will naturally stay in this corrected position, providing you with lasting comfort.