TMJ / TMD Therapy in Ponte Vedra Beach
What do you do when you have chronic headaches? What about jaw pain? Facial muscle pain? Jaw joint pain? Millions of Americans suffer from pain in the neck, head, and face. Many of these cases can be grouped into the broad category of TMD, also known as temporomandibular joint disorder. You may be more familiar with the term TMJ disorder. Dr. Harth and Dr. Townsend have years of experience treating the symptoms that arise from the TMJ. If you live in Ponte Vedra Beach or surrounding communities and are experiencing TMJ pain, we encourage you to contact us!
How Do We Treat TMD?
Every new patient in our office is thoroughly examined for issues with their TMJ, facial muscles, and bite. TMD issues can be some of the most complex in dentistry and require an in-depth knowledge base that can only be developed with extensive training. Dr. Harth and Dr. Townsend both have hundreds of hours of training in the evaluation and treatment of TMD. They also have a variety of technology at their disposal to aid in evaluation and treatment, including T-scan (a digital bite pressure analyzer) as well as Doppler (an aid in evaluation of soft tissue within the joint). The options for treatment of TMD often parallel those of other musculoskeletal disorders. A concerted effort is made to avoid aggressive or irreversible treatment involving surgery and other procedures. This conservative approach includes changes in habits, physical therapy, medication and orthotic splints. The goal is always to attempt the simplest treatment first. Feel free to contact us any time with any questions or to schedule a consultation.
One method for the treatment of TMJ/TMD disorders is with equilibration or occlusal adjustments. This strategy is usually the preferred option when the teeth are misaligned and throw the bite off balance. By precisely adjusting the size or shape of certain teeth, Dr. Harth or Dr. Townsend can take the pressure off the jaw joint, allowing it to function properly and relieving you of the discomfort associated with TMJ/TMD.
Occlusal splints are custom-fitted appliances that realign the jaw to take unnecessary pressure off the temporomandibular joints. It is a nonsurgical, reversible treatment that can provide the relief you seek from TMJ/TMD discomfort. The occlusal splint is a plastic device that is customized for your unique oral anatomy. In addition to realigning the jaw joints, it also cushions the tooth enamel to reduce the damaging effects of bruxism associated with TMJ/TMD.