If your jaw aches or gets stuck when you open your mouth wide, you may have a jaw disorder. Unfortunately, many adults go several years without seeking treatment for jaw pain, not knowing that they have treatment options, and not knowing that this condition may worsen over time.
Dr. Salesky assesses temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) and makes appropriate appliances, as well as recommends medication and palliative care. Surgery is almost never done today, and tmj surgery is even less common, even by oral surgeons.
If you have a concern about dental pain or pain in your jaw, find TMJ relief at our dental office in Plantsville by calling (860) 628-5029. We serve patients in Bristol, Southington, Plainville, Wolcott and nearby!
If you’ve ever gone to the doctor for headaches or neck pain and received care that provided only temporary relief, the unknown source of your symptoms may lay closer to your smile than you think. Have you experienced:
TMJ pain, known clinically as TMJ disorder (TMD) is one of the most common chronic and debilitating disorders in the jaw. If your jaw is sore, gets stuck often, or “pops” when you open or close the mouth, it could be an issue in your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ.
The TMJ is the joint that connects your lower jaw to the skull, and controls your chewing and speaking abilities. The symptoms of tmj (including headaches, neck aches and even tooth sensitivity) commonly appear in those suffering from this disorder, in addition to the complications of constant jaw clicking or popping when opening or closing the mouth.
Every patient is different. Some TMD and TMJ treatments are as simple as muscle relaxants and aspirin, while others include biofeedback or wearing a small plastic appliance in the mouth during sleep. Correcting TMJ is a process of rehabilitation, and we encourage you to make a call to schedule a visit where your dentist serving Southington, Plantsville and Bristol can provide the best solutions.
Not many people realize they grind their teeth at night; however, if you have noticed increasing tooth sensitivity to consuming hot or cold foods you may benefit from a trip to your local dentist. Teeth grinding is a serious condition that can adversely affect the teeth, gums and bone structure in the mouth.
Teeth grinding can keep you up at night, but it doesn’t have to run your life. Ask us for a consultation! Even a simple mouthguard or nightguard can make all the difference in keeping your teeth healthy and strong and you safely relaxed for a good night’s sleep.
Nightguards are often one of the best ways to treat TMJ disorder, particularly in patients who may be grinding their teeth. The way it works is simple. You’ll come into Southington Dentistry, and Dr. Salesky will take impressions of your teeth to make a custom-fitted nightguard for your mouth.
Your nightguard will fit comfortably in your mouth, and you’ll wear it whenever you sleep at night. The device is shaped to relieve pressure on your jaw and shift it into a healthier position, which helps encourage healing.
Everyone’s case of TMJ is different, so a nightguard may not always be the best option for you. But for most patients, nightguards are the simplest, easiest, and best option for resolving minor-to-moderate cases of TMJ.
For more serious cases, alternative treatments may need to be explored, such as orthodontics and bite adjustments to correct the bite and position of the teeth. For more information and to explore your options for treatment, you should see Dr. Salesky at Southington Dentistry.
Why choose TMJ treatment with a nightguard from Southington Dentistry? Here are just a few benefits of this treatment.
Don’t wait on restorative dental care. Dr. Salesky performs gentle dentistry in Southington and looks forward to providing you with conservative and reliable options at your next visit. Call us at (860) 628-5029 today!
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