How Divine Smiles Treats TMJ Disorder
When searching for TMJ treatment near you, choose Divine Smiles in the Boston area. We are a compassionate yet highly skilled dental office which a strong track record of relieving TMJ symptoms for good. Are you looking for a permanent solution? Great! We can help. Here are some ways we treat TMJ disorder in our Boston dental office.
Using a TMJ orthotic is always the first-line treatment for TMJ because it allows us to tweak your jaw position until we find the most comfortable and optimal position to minimize pain. Dr. Clancy will perform a series of painless tests that tell him where the true resting position of your jaw should be. Then, he’ll custom-design an orthotic to treat your TMJ. You’ll wear your orthotic 24/7 until your symptoms resolve.
From here, you can opt to continue with your orthotic only at night. However, if your jaw falls back into a poor position during the day, staying with only TMJ orthotic treatment isn’t the best solution for you. You can move onto “phase two” TMJ treatment for a more permanent solution.
Restorative Dental Work
Our jaw is a very mobile joint. It is almost always in motion when we are eating, drinking, laughing, talking, smiling, etc. Your teeth are the only things keeping your jaw joint from falling out of place. When your teeth come together properly, they hold your jaw straight while your mouth is closed. This is why phase two treatment can involve restorative dental work.
If you are a habitual grinder, your teeth may have wear and tear that, when restored, can help to hold your jaw in its optimal position. This may include crowns or porcelain veneers.
Multiple missing teeth can also lead to your jaw becoming misaligned, muscle strain, or nerve pain from TMJ disorder. Replacing those teeth with dental implants will stimulate your jawbone, so it no longer degrades, and your new teeth will hold your jaw in the right position.
Some people may have strained jaw muscles because their bite is off due to poor previous orthodontics or genetics. Using a teeth straightening solution like Invisalign can help move your teeth into the right position, straightening your bite and relieving your TMJ symptoms.
Epigenetic orthodontics is a little different from simply moving your teeth. This looks at your entire head, jaw, and teeth and guides your jaw growth to prevent and solve TMJ issues. Making more room in your mouth for your teeth can fix your bite and, therefore, TMJ disorder.