TMJ disorder describes conditions affecting the Temporomandibular Joint (where the lower jaw joins the skull) and nerves related to chronic facial pain and it is the most frequently stressed point of the body. Over 40 million people in the United States suffer from chronic headaches, neck & shoulder pain, jaw aches, and dental damage from their bite. A substantial proportion of these headaches and other aches are caused by TMJ disorders.
What Causes TMJ?
The exact cause of TMJ is still uncertain, but researchers believe that it is related to the physical issues with the muscles in the jaw or the joint itself. Habits such as nightly teeth grinding or jaw clenching can lead to TMJ. Arthritis in the temporomandibular joint can also lead to problems with proper joint function. Each patient is unique and will not have the exact same set of issues when it comes to TMJ. Dr. DeWitt is here to provide professional TMJ therapy and determine the factors that may make your TMJ worse.
Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications can give you some relief. It will also help to apply hot or cold compresses to stop any type of swelling. If possible, avoid hard foods or any type of food that requires extensive chewing. Wearing a mouthguard during sleep can help stop teeth grinding which is one of the causes of TMJ. If symptoms of TMJ continue then see a professional. A customized treatment plan is created for each patient.
What to Expect
At your initial visit we will spend one hour gathering your information and performing a comprehensive oral examination. Dr. DeWitt will personally consult with you about your past, present and future concerns and help with you TMJ therapy. After diagnostic information has been obtained, including x-rays, he will spend the necessary time to make sure that you understand your dental status and any treatment that might be needed. Dr. DeWitt and his staff are proud of their philosophy of communicating and educating their patients.