TMJ & Bite

Entrust your dental needs to a trusted dental clinic. We’ve helped numerous patients address TMJ disorders and bite problems.

Our TMJ Disorder Treatment and Bite Correction Options

Instead of just tapping your teeth on a piece of carbon paper, Delicate Dental Arts has a computer sensor bite analysis that can measure exactly which teeth are producing more biting pressure and how much. Through a sensor called the Tekscan, we can help align your bite more evenly and comfortably.

This device measures the tactile pressure made by your teeth as they occlude together. It’s designed with an ultra-thin sensor parallel to the occlusal plane of the teeth. With Tekscan showing the timing and force of the tooth contacts and how they correspond to the TMJ, we can provide our patients with an instant diagnosis of their bite.

After diagnosing your bite, our expert team will advise you on the best treatment to address your TMJ disorder or bite issue. We’ll sit with you, discuss your options, and provide you with the treatment you need. Our staff will ensure that your needs and preferences are prioritized every step of the way.

Non-Surgical Treatment Options

For some TMJ disorder and bite problem cases, non-surgical treatment options such as the following may suffice:

1. Bite Adjustment

To adjust your bite, a lot of options are available. Some of them are braces, filling replacements, dental implants, dental crowns, and dental bridges.

In some cases, reshaping the teeth may also be an option. Talk to our experts to know which one suits you best.

2. Restoration Adjustment

For patients who already have dental restorations, some adjustments may also be required.

3. Others

Other treatment options include the following:

  • Ultrasound – This treatment involves applying deep heat to the TMJ to provide relief for soreness and enhance joint movement.
  • Radio Wave Therapy – This treatment involves using radio waves to create low-level electrical stimulation, which can increase blood flow and provide relief.
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) – This treatment involves using low-level electrical currents to relax the jaw and facial muscles.
  • Trigger-Point Injections – This treatment involves injecting anesthetic or pain medication into the tender muscles of the face, also called trigger points.
  • Botulinum Toxin (Botox®) – This treatment involves using injections to reduce muscle mass and relieve inflammation.

Surgical Treatment Options

Surgical treatment options should only be considered when all the above options have been tried, and pain still remains. Also, the type of surgery depends on the symptoms and their severity.

1. Arthrocentesis

This is usually performed at the clinic and is recommended when the jaw suddenly locks in the closed position. Sterile fluids are administered to the joint to wash it out.

Occasionally, a surgical device is required to dislodge discs that have moved out of alignment or remove scar tissues.

2. Arthroscopy

This involves making a small incision in front of the ear and inserting an instrument hooked up to a video screen.

The instrument then allows our surgeon to observe your TMJ. Depending on what causes your TMJ pain, inflamed tissues may be removed, or discs may be realigned.

3. Open-Joint Surgery

This is the traditional procedure for treating TMJ pain. Unlike arthroscopy, it requires a long incision. It’s usually required when:

  • The structure of the jaw joint is already wearing away.
  • There are bone chips or severe scarring.
  • There are tumors around or in the TMJ.

When to Call for TMJ Disorder and Bite Issue Correction

If you’re wondering whether you need any of the treatment options listed above, it’s best to set up a dental appointment. Meanwhile, here are some signs you need to look out for:

  • Jaw Pain
  • Frequent Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Toothaches
  • Tinnitus
  • Changes in Teeth Alignment
  • Swelling on the Side of the Face
  • Neck or Shoulder Pain
  • Jaws that Lock in the Open or Closed Position
  • Clicking Sounds in the Jaw Joint
  • Difficulty Chewing
  • Difficulty Opening the Mouth

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For the best treatment for TMJ disorders and bite issues, look no further than Delicate Dental Arts. If you have inquiries regarding our dental services, feel free to contact us. We’ll be more than happy to help you achieve a pain-free life. Give us a call!