Five common questions regarding TMJ and dental treatment in Dayton
Over the years, we have had the opportunity to speak with, diagnose, and successfully treat many individuals suffering from the discomfort of TMJ disorder. In that time, we have been asked a variety of questions regarding this condition, its symptoms, and possible cures. Our experienced staff provides compassionate care with a great deal of understanding to our patients with TMJ disorder. This can be a complex condition, and we take an innovative, multi-faceted approach to dental treatment in our Dayton practice so that you can return to a state of wellbeing quickly without the need for invasive surgery.
Some of the common questions we answer regarding TMJ disorder include:
- Could my dizziness be caused by TMJ disorder?
TMJ disorder, which affects not only the joints of the jaw, but also the surrounding muscles and ligaments, can cause dizziness in some patients. This may be experienced as a general feeling of imbalance. Dizziness tends to stem from the inner ear, and this area can be affected by swollen temporomandibular joints.
- I sometimes hear a popping sound when I move my jaw. Do I have TMJ disorder?
One of the common symptoms associated with TMJ disorder is jaw clicking or popping. Experiencing popping or clicking is not a sure sign that temporomandibular joints are dysfunctional. Many of us have certain joints that click or pop when we move them, such as our knees or ankles, but have no problems within these joints other than that they are “noisy.” We look at other factors when diagnosing TMJ, such as discomfort, headaches, or limited range of motion.
- Would Botox decrease the jaw pain caused by TMJ disorder?
In recent years, Botox cosmetic has been touted as a sort of “muscle reliever.” This medical product does work on the muscles, blocking the transmissions between nerves and the brain and, thus, keeping treated muscles in a relaxed state. The thing about Botox for pain-related issues such as migraines or TMJ-related pain is that it has yet to be approved by the FDA as a viable solution for this condition. At Alex Bell Dental, we provide proven, comfortable treatment for TMJ disorder that should relieve discomfort quickly.
- Can my TMJ disorder be cured?
Despite the myriad of internet sites selling products and programs promising to “cure” TMJ disorder, there are currently only ways to manage this condition, which, for many, becomes chronic. The good news is that it is possible to control TMJD. Studies have shown that a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment, such as we devise here at Alex Bell Dental, are incredibly effective at managing the condition.
- Will my TMJD require surgery?
Many sources would lead you to believe the only “cure” for TMJD is surgery. In fact, this drastic step often produces only temporary improvement to the condition, especially if underlying bite or jaw positioning is not addressed. From our experience, the combination of dental and neuromuscular treatment for TMJD is highly effective.
TMJ disorder can create inconvenience and distress. When treated appropriately, this condition can be kept under control, allowing you to enjoy life again.
Contact us today to learn how we treat TMJ disorder.
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