If you suffer from chronic headaches and migraines, we would love to help you end the cycle of pain medications, and stop your pain at the source. If you suffer from teeth grinding and clenching, combined with jaw pain and stiffness, we would love to protect your teeth and help your jaw heal. If these symptoms sound familiar, the root cause of your pain might be TMJ or TMD. Thankfully, your Lafayette dentist has an affordable, non-invasive, easy-to-use solution with oral appliance therapy.
If you’re not keen on acronyms, before you get too tongue tied, know that these two terms are often used interchangeably. TMJ stands for “temporomandibular joint” or the jaw joint. TMD stands for “temporomandibular disorder” or any condition afflicting the jaw joint, or TMJ.
Some of the common signs and symptoms of TMJ include:
Stress is one of the biggest contributing factors to TMD. Stress causes those who carry tension in their mouths and jaws to clench and grind excessively. Studies have found a significant difference in the frequency of TMD sufferers between men and women – women account for a whopping 90% of all TMD cases.
The 90% of women that make up all TMJ sufferers are women in their childbearing years. This brings us back to stress. Other factors include:
If you think you might be suffering from TMJ, you’ve come to the right place. Your Lafayette dentist can provide you with the relief you deserve. While the treatment method depends on each individual patient’s case, treatment options include replacing missing teeth, moving or shifting teeth, adjusting the bite, and filling gaps between teeth.
If you have problems with clenching and grinding, we can provide you with a custom mouth guard to reduce the impact. In extreme cases, if left untreated, surgery may be the only way to repair the badly damaged joint.
If you think you or a loved one might be suffering from TMJ or TMD, we would love to talk to you about your options. Find relief today by calling your Lafayette dentist, Dr. Muse, at 337.446.2397, or request a consultation online.
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