Here at Forney Family Dentistry & Orthodontics, we want to make sure that all of our patients can smile with total confidence. This means addressing common dental issues as well as more advanced health concerns such as TMJ disorders, also known as TMD.
We are proud to offer TruDenta® to treat TMJ disorders. Let's consider the basics of TMDs and what makes TruDenta® a unique way of dealing with the problem.
About TMJ Disorders
A TMJ disorder refers to the dysfunction of the jaw joint. This could mean an issue with the jawbone, the cartilage of the joints, the muscles, or even the nerves of the jaw. When this happens, it results in jawpain, clicking, grinding, and popping. In some cases, people with TMJ may experience lockjaw.
TMJ disorders are more common than you may think. It's been estimated that up to 10 million Americans suffer from a TMJ disorder.
Common Causes of TMJ Disorders
There are many different causes of TMJ disorders to consider. In some cases, the TMJ disorder is the result of poor dental alignment. The misalignment of the teeth can lead to issues with the bite that, over time, affect the proper function of the jaw. Teeth grinding (bruxism) can also lead to TMJ disorders given the long-term stress placed on the jaw and the jaw joint.
There have been some cases in which injuries to the face can lead to TMJ disorders, particularly after suffering trauma to the jaw. On top of this, some TMJ disorders are linked to osteoarthritis in old age, which can be made worse as a result of any of the other causes we previously listed.
What Is TruDenta®?
TruDenta® is a state-of-the-art approach to advanced dental care treatment, one that stresses total wellness using advanced diagnostic techniques and analysis. The primary aims of TruDenta® are to reduce pain and to create a long-term treatment plan that promotes lasting wellness and a resolution of TMJ disorder treatments.
Ideal Candidates for TruDenta®
The best candidates for TruDenta® are people who suffer from TMJ disorders that cause serious pain and discomfort. Be mindful of the symptoms we noted above as well as residual neck pain, headaches, earaches, and ringing in the ears. We will discuss these symptoms in greater detail and then initiate an analysis of your situation.
TruDenta®: Diagnosis and Custom Therapy
The TruDenta® system uses special computer analysis in order to track the motion of your jaw and the force of your bite. The data received can help us understand the nature of your jaw movement and what challenges you may be facing. In addition to the computer model analysis, we will also discuss your symptoms and what may have caused them as well as examining your teeth, you head, your mouth, and your neck.
From here, we can then develop a multi-week, in-office treatment session thatuses sports dentistry therapy techniques, ultrasound, intraoral orthodontics, and other non-surgical approaches to treatment. These are all tailored to tackle your TMJ disorder.
How Effective Is TruDenta®?
Patients who have undergo TruDenta® have reported excellent results overall. They experience less jaw pain and notice that many of the other symptoms associated with TMJ disorders are minimized.
Learn More About Treating TMJ Disorders
For more information about treating TMJ disorders and helping you have a healthy jaw, be sure to contact our advanced cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team at Forney Family Dentistry & Orthodontics is here t help you smile with confidence again.