Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is also referred to as “TMJ” or “TMD” and is a painful condition that can lead to many permanent side effects when not managed carefully. Dr. C offers specific types of therapies for specific types of needs, depending on what the primary cause of your TMJ disorder is.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
How can you tell whether or not you have TMJ disorder? Apart from having Dr. C examine your joint during your checkup, you may want to watch out for signs like:
- Pain in the jaw, face, head or neck
- Stiffness around the TMJ
- Clicking, popping or locking of the joint
- The inability to open and close your mouth
- Worn teeth and fillings
TMJ Guards and NTI Appliances
TMJ disorder is frequently caused due to an inadequate occlusal (biting) relationship of the upper and lower teeth. This may be due in part to extra stress caused by clenching and grinding. Preventing the teeth from clenching together (or realigning the teeth through orthodontics) can decrease your symptoms.
Chronic grinding of the teeth not only leads to jaw pain, it also causes broken teeth and restorations. Like TMJ guards, our bruxism appliances are like having insurance for the future of your smile.
Why Choose Dr. Cibischino
Dr. C has earned hundreds of educational credits through the Pankey Institute; an organization that is focused on the management and therapy of TMJ disorders through non-surgical methods.
Do you think about making your teeth straighter every time you smile? We proudly offer Invisalign and Phase 1 Ortho for the orthodontic needs of you and your family.
Dr. C has extensive training in the oral management of sleep apnea and sleep disordered breathing.