At Dental Partners of Boston, we strive to provide high-quality services to each one of our patients. At our office, we offer many different procedures and services including cosmetic and general dentistry options. We know that each of our patients is in an individual with different oral hygiene needs.
Some of our patients need maintenance and only a small amount of intervention while others need more serious work done to get on track. No matter what your needs are when it comes to oral health, we are here for you. Our team will listen to your specific needs and issues and work to address them. It is our goal for each of our patients to attain a smile that is healthy and bright. We want you to be proud of your smile and not have to deal with pain and discomfort brought on by serious oral hygiene issues.
We can provide a variety of treatments and procedures. One of the services we provide is TMJ treatment. If you deal with TMJ pain, you already know that it can be one of the most frustrating conditions. The pain can manifest in your jaw, ear, neck, or even as a headache. There isn’t always any rhyme or reason around where the pain will show up.
This condition can be difficult to treat. Maybe in the past you’ve just been told to stop chewing gum and wait and hope that the condition gets better. This vague advice with no solution is frustrating. Add on top of that the pain aspect, and it can drive anyone a bit mad.
You might be wondering what TMJ pain is and how to treat it.
TMJ is the abbreviation for the temporomandibular joint. This joint connects your lower jawbone to the base of the skull and allows for chewing and opening our mouths. This joint is actually made of two hinge points. To accomplish a range of movement, the TMJ allows for rotation, gliding, and hinging. This is a complex joint and when it goes wrong it can lead to pain.
Because this joint is used so often, it can cause a lot of pain and impact normal life when it gets inflamed. Problems with the TMJ are called TMD, temporomandibular disorder, or TMJ disorders. We mostly refer to the condition as TMJ.
Did you know that 15 percent of Americans deal with chronic facial pain including jaw pain or headaches which are related to TMD? Women between the ages of 20-40 are the most impacted. This pain can last for a few weeks and then go away, but sometimes it can go on without end.
This problem can impact people differently. Symptoms can include:
There is no one type of doctor responsible for treating these problems. If you have any of these symptoms, please bring them up to us. We will check for these symptoms and work with you to develop a treatment plan.
We will ask you questions about symptoms and inspect the joint as you move your jaw around. We may check for a CR/CO discrepancy. Which basically means, we will check the alignment of the joint.
There is no single cause. It could be something related to tension in the jaw or temporal muscles. There are many factors that contribute to the problem such as:
We will work with you to figure out possible root causes of your TMJ pain. We can develop a treatment plan. If an improper bite alignment of other similar issue seems to be the cause, Invasion can be a great treatment method. These clear, discreet braces work efficiently and can be used on both teens and adults. This might not be the fix for all TMJ symptoms, but it is one that has helped many people.
If you are having TMJ pain, Dental Partners of Boston can help. Please schedule an appointment with us. We will work with you to diagnose the problem and start a treatment plan to alleviate the discomfort and pain you are experiencing. We care about our patients, and we have the experience to handle this issues and find the cause. Each case is different, and we will work with you to address your TMJ pain.
Sergio A. Guzman
Maria E. Cardenas