Dental Treatments for TMJ
Problems in the jaw system can significantly compromise our quality of life. TMJ pain occurs when there is damage to the temporomandibular joint, most often caused by stress, trauma or other injury. As leaders in the field of TMJ Disorders, both Dr. DeWitt Wilkerson and Dr. Glenn DuPont are active members of the American Equilibration Society, the largest society dedicated to the study of Occlusion and TMJ Disorders. Their expertise has been sought after by patients not only in Tampa Bay but across the country who suffer from this debilitating disorder.
If you experience of the following symptoms or signs, you may be suffering from TMJ:
- Clicking, popping, locking and/or soreness just in front of the ear
- Sore jaw muscles
- Bite related problems
- Cervical neck issues
- Ringing in the ears
- Bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding)
- Sinus-like concerns
How is TMJ Disorder Treated?
Dr. DuPont and Dr. Wilkerson’s primary TMJ therapy often includes splints and retainers of various designs which can help correct poor bites, decrease stresses at the joint level, and reduce muscle hyperactivity including clenching and grinding habits. This may be followed with bite treatment through bite adjustment (equilibration), orthodontics or restorative dentistry as needed.
Physical therapy can be helpful for sore muscles, cervical neck issues, sleep position, improved posture, and self-help advice such as biofeedback. Medications for inflammation, muscle relaxation, and sleep are commonly used to relieve TMJ pain. Serious joint problems may occasionally require surgical intervention.
Our approach to providing TMJ relief is very thorough; determining the cause and effect relationship is key to identifying the problem and the treatment. Together, we will find the most effective solutions for you.
Don’t Ignore TMJ Symptoms!
If TMJ Disorders are left untreated, you may experience increasing chronic pain and discomfort over time. This may include ever increasing TMJ pain as well as reduced jaw mobility and inability to function normally.
What to Expect During and After TMJ Treatment
TMJ Therapy is most successful when initiated at an early stage of discomfort. This is especially true if there is minimal damage to the jaw joints. Pain associated with muscle and bite issues usually respond extremely well in a very short time.
Contact the office of Dr. DuPont and Dr. Wilkerson if you believe you or someone you know are suffering from TMJ Disorder.