Understanding TMD & How It Is Treated
TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder occurs when the joints on either side of the jaw are subjected to prolonged, excessive strain. This condition can lead to many uncomfortable symptoms like headache and neck pain. Unfortunately, many people who suffer with TMJ disorder (TMD) do not know it. In fact, an estimated 20-30% of the adult population is affected to some degree. Here at Forney Family Dentistry & Orthodontics, we want you to live your life in optimal health. We offer analysis and treatment for TMD at our Forney, TX, practice using TruDenta®, a unique system that uses state-of-the-art TMJ diagnostics and treatments. This pain-free, non-surgical therapy is available only at specially trained and affiliated dental practices. If you suffer with TMJ disorder, or if you are experiencing TMJ disorder symptoms, contact us today to learn how we can help you.
What is TMJ Disorder?
When your bite is not balanced, your TMJs must overcompensate, which can lead to a variety of health problems. This prolonged strain on the jaw and its associated muscles can lead to headache, migraine, chronic face and neck pain, dizziness, clenching or grinding of the teeth, limited jaw movement, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), or clicking and popping noises in the jaw. If left untreated, TMJ disorder can lead to other health problems, and further reduce your quality of life. For example, chronic pain and headaches from TMD can affect the ability to concentrate, impairing job performance and personal relationships. Also, clinical depression is three times more likely in migraine suffers.
Diagnosing and Treating TMJ Disorder with TruDenta®
TruDenta® is a system that combines innovative examination and treatment technologies to address the muscular imbalances associated with TMJ disorder. The treatments are performed by a trained specialist using drug-free, painless nonsurgical techniques that are based on sports medicine rehabilitation therapies.
TruDenta® begins with a quick and painless examination that uses a computer-guided analysis to measure the bite force and action of your jaw. Next, we digitally measure your head and neck movements. This technology can provide immediate reports on impaired movement that may be the source of TMJ-related discomfort. Finally, we will perform a compressive physical exam of your neck, head, mouth, and teeth to complete the diagnosis.
If you are diagnosed with TMJ disorder, rest assured that you can experience relief from symptoms in as little as three months or less. The exclusive TruDenta® treatments are simple and effective, and will be customized just for you. The regimen usually involves a 12-week session of weekly one-hour in-office treatments. These treatments combine sports rehab therapy with modern dentistry and may include therapeutic ultrasound, manual muscle therapy, electrical stimulation, and intraoral orthotics among others techniques to help relieve your TMJ disorder symptoms.
Contact Us Today
TMJ disorder can cause discomfort and various health complications. We want you to live as comfortably and healthfully as possible. Contact us today if you think you may be suffering with TMJ disorder, and find out how our special TruDenta® treatments can help you.