Our Grand Rapids dentists at Lake Michigan Dental can help diagnose and treat patients who show symptoms for temporomandibular joint disorder, better known as TMJ disorder.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
Multiple issues can lead to, including misalignment of the teeth, oral trauma, or excess muscle tension. If you’re wondering if you may have TMJ disorder, symptoms include:
- Trouble or soreness when opening or closing the mouth
- Clicking or popping of the jaw
- Pain in the jaw muscles
- Soreness in the area, sometimes extending to the face
TMJ Disorder Treatments
Dental treatments for TMJ can include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting your bite, or filling gaps between teeth. In some cases, a plastic mouthpiece can prevent clenching or grinding that may be contributing to the problem. If untreated and taken to extremes, surgery may be necessary to repair a badly damaged joint.
As with many specialty dental procedures, there is no single solution to TMJ disorder that is right for all patients. Our dentists can help you determine which option is best for your specific situation.
Bite Splint Therapy
Our Grand Rapids dentists offer several different types of splint therapy for specific conditions.
Through proper evaluation and fitting, our Lake Michigan Dental dentists can help alleviate misalignment of your bite and correct subsequent issues like TMJ disorder.
A bite splint is a restorative device used to support, protect, or immobilize oral structures that have been loosened, replanted, fractured, or traumatized. We offer splint therapy options for:
- TMJ disorders
- Nighttime teeth grinding
- Mouth or jaw problems resulting from bite misalignment
Our Grand Rapids, MI, TMJ disorder dentists can help alleviate any pain and discomfort from TMJ disorder with bite splint therapy. To learn more, call Lake Michigan Dental today at (616) 453-8211, or contact us online.