If you’ve been diagnosed with a Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, then you probably know how uncomfortable, painful, and disruptive it can be to your daily life.
The negative byproduct of TMJ disorder occurs when the muscles, ligaments, discs and/or bones surrounding TMJ have been affected or are not working properly.
At Hospital Dental Group, Dr. Anatoliy Ravin specializes in treating TMJ conditions with successful and lasting solutions, including full mouth rehabilitation to get you back to living the way you should—pain-free!
What Causes TMJ and Can It Be Avoided?
Since there are a number of issues that can cause TMJ disorder, there isn’t much that can be done to avoid the uncomfortable condition. TMJs are located on either side of your mouth and are responsible for opening and closing your mouth, if any kind of trauma impacts these essential joints, it can lead to problems.
Possible scenarios that may lead to TMJ disorders include:
- An injury, accident, or other types of trauma
- Dislocation of the jaw and/or surrounding muscles
- Misalignment of the jaw (often as a result of missing teeth)
- Teeth grinding
- Prolonged clenching of the jaw from stress
There are several symptoms that may indicate the presence of TMJ disorder, including:
- Popping sensation or sound when the jaw opens and closes
- Tenderness and soreness in the muscles surrounding the jaw
- Difficulty moving the jaw
- Mild, moderate, or severe pain
To know for sure whether you have a TMJ disorder, Dr. Ravin will provide a full examination. If you do end up having a TMJ condition, don’t worry! Dr. Ravin routinely helps patients to find a solution for their pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorder.
Treatment for TMJ
For mild cases of TMJ disorder, Dr. Ravin may suggest addressing pain by eating softer foods, anti-inflammatory medications, utilizing heat packs, and special exercises to reduce discomfort.
For moderate to severe cases of TMJ disorder, that doesn’t respond to the previously mentioned treatment pathways, Dr. Ravin may suggest moving forward with full mouth rehabilitation.
Full mouth rehabilitation is best suited to those who suffer from:
- TMJ disorder
- Those who may potentially develop a TMJ condition due to missing teeth
- Patients who experience an impediment in normal chewing and speaking
- Individuals with misalignment of the jaw
Full Mouth Rehabilitation not only reduces pain, but Dr. Ravin’s comprehensive solution through attractive, durable, and long-lasting restorations also provides patients with the beautiful smile they’ve always wanted.
Examples of full mouth rehabilitation solutions can include:
- TMJ Therapy
- Dental Implants
- Orthodontic Treatment
- Porcelain Veneers
- Teeth Whitening
Length of time for full mouth rehabilitation will vary from person to person, but because Dr. Ravin will do all he can to maximize your comfort before and after any necessary procedure, including administering anesthesia and utilizing the most innovative approaches, your recovery is primed for success.
The result of full mouth rehabilitation is an improvement in the function and appearance of your bite and smile and hope in the outcome of a pain-free, healthy mouth.
If you’d like to know more about TMJ and full mouth rehabilitation or would like to set up a consultation, please contact us now at, 860-524-5194.