Instability in the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) creates stress and tension, often leading to headaches, facial pain and in some cases, worn or broken teeth. Annapolis dentist John Cutting, DMD can conduct a comprehensive evaluation to determine if you suffer from TMJ Dysfunction or other problems like occlusal disease, which is when the teeth don’t fit together properly.
Contact Edgewater Dental Arts today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cutting. Call (410) 956-3525
What is TMD
TMD stands for temporomandibular joint disorder which is a complicated condition where the TMJ is not operating correctly. A qualified professional like Dr. Cutting can offer TMJ therapy and/or occlusal therapy to restore balance and eliminate stress in the masticatory system.
There are many reasons why a person suffering with TMD should seek TMJ Therapy. The first reason would be to eliminate pain. Other reasons would be to restore health to the oral system. TMJ disorders are often accompanied by other problems like teeth grinding which can lead to worn teeth and broken teeth. Teeth grinding also contributes to problems like tooth cavities and gum disease.
Signs & Symptoms of TMD
TMJ symptoms vary greatly from one patient to another. Some of the most common signs or symptoms of TMD include:
- Headaches, neck pain and/or facial pain
- Clenching or teeth grinding
- Clicking or popping in the jaw
- Locked jaw and/or difficulty opening the mouth
About TMJ Therapy
If you have headaches, facial pain and/or if you grind your teeth, you may have a TMJ disorder. The first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. John Cutting. Dr. Cutting will conduct a comprehensive evaluation to determine whether or not there is an issue with the TMJ.
If instability is present, Dr. Cutting will create a personalized treatment plan to restore proper function. The treatment plan may also include restorative or cosmetic dentistry treatments to repair any teeth that are worn, broken or missing.
TMJ Therapy can include:
- Oral appliance therapy: dental splints and/or teeth grinding mouth guards
- Occlusal equilibration where Dr. Cutting makes adjustments to the teeth to correct the fit of the bite
- Orthodontics to bring the teeth into proper alignment