If you suffer from temporomandibular joint dysfunction, also known as TMJ disorder, you understand the pain that comes with it. The Center for Family & Implant Dentistry and Dr. MacConnell can offer help and hope to those suffering from temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
Diagnosing TMJ Problems
Our dentist will first speak with you about your symptoms. He will discuss them with you and examine your jaw. He will listen for sounds your jaw makes and check its function as your mouth opens and closes. He will watch how your jaw moves to see its full range of motion. He may feel specific areas to see whether the pressure is uncomfortable or painful.
If it looks like you may have a TMJ issue, the dentist may order X-rays to better see your jaw and teeth. In some cases, you may need a CT or MRI to show the dentist issues with your soft tissues and the joint’s disk.
This allows Dr. MacConnell to diagnose your problem and develop the treatment plan you need. In some patients, the problem will just go away by itself without any treatment needed. For patients who continue to have symptoms, certain treatments can help them feel better.
Do You Need Treatment for TMJ Problems?
Many patients get some relief from the pain of their TMJ disorder by taking medications that are available over the counter. OTC pain and anti-inflammatory medications can allow you to move your jaw more easily. In some cases, you may need a prescription muscle relaxer to help with the condition. Taking these for just a few days can help with TMJ pain and prevent you from having muscle spasms.
Another treatment often used is a mouthguard. These are made to fit precisely over the teeth to help with jaw pain. Mouthguards can help with teeth clenching which often causes TMJ issues.
Patients can also apply cold to the painful area or moist heat to help relieve the pain.
TMJ Treatment Options in Kingsport and Bluff City
If you suffer from a TMJ problem, make sure to talk about it with Dr. MacConnell. He can evaluate you, and recommend a course of treatment. You can wait until your next six-month dental exam appointment or schedule a consultation appointment. Contact the Center for Family & Implant Dentistry to address this painful condition.