Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can cause an array of problems ranging from headaches, clicking sounds in the jaw, and lack of energy. Visit Mangat Dental Center in San Jose today and see if TMJ Treatment is an option for you! TMJ Treatment can even be completed concurrently with Invisalign® and Braces, General Dentistry, and Cosmetic Dentistry treatments!
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What is TMJ?
The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) makes it possible to open and close your mouth. Located on both sides of the mouth, the joint is in front of the ear hole and connects the mandible (lower jaw) to the temporal bone of the cranium.
Each TMJ has a disc between the ball and socket, which cushions the load while allowing the jaw to open. The TMJ works when you chew, speak, swallow, and even allows the lower jaw to move forward, backward, and side to side!
What are some symptoms of TMJ Disorders?
- TMJ Disorders can cause an array of troubling symptoms, which include:
- Trouble Opening and Closing the Mouth
- Clicking or Popping Sounds when Chewing
- Loss of Energy, Hearing, Strength
What can cause TMJ Disorders?
- TMJ Disorders can arise from any number of causes, such as:
- Previous Injury
- Stress and Teeth Grinding
- Tooth and Jaw Alignment
What is TMJ Treatment?
The first step in the treatment process when you visit Mangat Dental Center in San Jose is diagnosis. Dr. Mangat will check your joints and muscles for tenderness, any clicking or popping, or difficulty moving the jaw. Depending on your diagnosis there are several treatment options available.
Treatment generally includes a bite plate to decrease clenching or grinding of the teeth. With every visit the bite plate will be ground down to reduce the space between the bite and adjust the jaw. Exercises to strengthen your jaw muscles may also be incorporated into your TMJ Treatment plan. Medications may also be prescribed to reduce pain and inflammation while treatment occurs.
How long does TMJ Treatment take?
Depending on your diagnosis, TMJ Treatment can take anywhere from six months to over a year. However, it is important to remember that after treatment completes, many of the pains patients suffer through with TMJ disorders subside significantly – if not completely.
What are the benefits to TMJ Treatment?
There are several benefits to TMJ Treatment. TMJ Treatment improves blood flow, jaw alignment, and reduces stress in the TMJ. Many patients, who previously suffered from excessive headaches, trouble chewing, and clicking/popping sounds, live symptom-free after treatment. Some patients have even reported partial hearing improvement and even strength gain!
Can I combine TMJ Treatment with other services?
Absolutely! Dr. Mangat is well versed in offering multiple treatments at the same time. Many patients have undergone TMJ Treatment along with Invisalign/Braces and cosmetic dentistry!
At Mangat Dental Center, we strive to deliver your best smile in the least amount of time necessary. Visit Mangat Dental Center in San Jose for exceptional quality, comfort, and care!
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