We sometimes take our most precious gifts for granted. Like the song says “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” We see our mission at Garden City Dental Group as ensuring our patients are free to enjoy the look and function of their smile for a lifetime.
One way we do this is by offering TMJ care and treatment.
Your Temporomandibular Joint is a hinge, which connects your jaw to the bones in front of each ear. It allows you to move your jaw up and down and side to side. This permits one to speak, chew, and yawn.
Various traumas and stresses can lead to a dislocation of the joints, resulting in pain, swelling and chronic discomfort. Patients affected with the Disorder may have difficulty eating, swallowing and speaking.
Left untreated, TMJ Disorder can lead to the following conditions:
- Neck pain
- Blurred vision
- Sensitive teeth
- Loss of hearing
- Bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching)
Fortunately, special techniques have been developed to ease these symptoms Treatments include relaxation exercises and appliances to prevent further deterioration of these delicate oral structures. Patients who exhibit signs of bruxism are provided mouth guards or night guards along, with continuous monitoring to help ensure a positive outcome.