TMJ Disorder Treatment

Non-Surgical TMJ Treatment in Chandler, AZ

Do you have a variety of symptoms such as dizziness, earaches, jaw clicking, pain in the face, head, neck, shoulders, and/or back that you don’t know what’s causing? Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction is characterized by a variety of indications and symptoms. Excessive wear and fracture of teeth, as well as tooth loss, are further indications of this condition. Previously, many individuals seeking medical treatment for these issues would be referred from specialist to specialist, only to be told that their problems were “all in their heads.” Most of the time, these people accepted and suffered their discomfort and suffering after years of ineffective treatment, usually with the use of over-the-counter medications like aspirin or ibuprofen.

Temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMD, can take a serious toll on your daily life with symptoms ranging from mild jaw pain and stiffness to severe headaches and difficulty eating. Dentists can now diagnose and treat TMJ disorders that were previously overlooked or misdiagnosed thanks to enhanced training and knowledge on top of new technology. Furthermore, as the medical community has grown more aware of dentistry’s role in detecting and treating TMJ dysfunction, an increasing number of physicians are referring patients to dentists for effective diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Jay Valiyaparambil, DMD offer personalized TMJ treatment at their offices in Chandler, AZ. After evaluating your condition, our doctors can provide oral appliance therapy to alleviate pain and protect your smile. Schedule your appointment to get your TMD issues resolved ASAP!

What is TMJ Disorder?

According to the TMJ Association Ltd., approximately 12 percent of Americans, or 35 million people, suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder. Two of the most commonly used joints in the body, the temporomandibular joints connect your jaw to your skull. These joints act like a hinge and are used when you speak, chew, or yawn. TMJ disorder can result when joints become inflamed or damaged due to excessive wear, or when they become displaced. This disorder can also develop because of trauma, misalignment, or bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching).

If left untreated, TMD can have long-term effects that impact your quality of life, including:

  • Pain in the teeth, face, jaw, or neck
  • Stiffness in the jaw muscles
  • Limited movement or locking of the jaw
  • Painful clicking when opening or closing the mouth
  • A change in the way upper and lower teeth align
  • Ear pain or popping
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty speaking, chewing, and swallowing
  • Trouble breathing

Addressing your symptoms can preserve the structure of your smile and alleviate discomfort.

Exploring Your Options

During your initial consultation, Dr. Jay Valiyaparambil, DMD can assess the severity of your symptoms and check for swelling or irregularities. He can also provide you with a survey to complete at home. Your answers can help us accurately diagnose your condition and target the underlying cause. We aim to provide simple, conservative treatment before exploring more invasive options such as oral surgery.

Our Treatments

Although there is no cure for TMJ disorder, effective treatment can minimize pain and lower your risk of long-term complications.

Hard and Soft Guards

Our mouth guards are fabricated in a Medicare-certified laboratory that also produces our sleep apnea oral appliances. These custom-made devices fit over the upper and lower teeth and prevent teeth grinding and jaw clenching.

Although there is no cure for TMJ disorder, effective treatment can minimize pain and lower your risk of long-term complications.

A soft night guard is more flexible and more comfortable than a hard night guard, however it can wear down more quickly. This option is better suited to patients with mild to moderate bruxism. More severe cases of grinding and clenching may require a hard night guard. This device is composed of an acrylic-like material. Its harder composition makes this appliance more durable but also less malleable.

Invisalign

In some cases, TMD can be caused by crooked teeth, misaligned teeth, or gaps in your smile. If this is the case, we may be able to alleviate your symptoms with Invisalign® treatment. Invisalign gradually straightens your teeth and is suitable for most cases of misalignment.

Surgical Intervention

While we will always attempt to correct your issues with non-invasive treatment, surgery may be the best way to address severe TMD. Should this be the case, our doctors can refer you to a specialist and coordinate your treatment.


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