TMJ disorder, also known as temporomandibular joint disorder, can be a painful and serious condition—especially when left untreated. It is defined as a misaligned bite that overexerts the muscles and other structures supporting the joint, causing irritation and several other symptoms. It's estimated that nearly 10 million Americans are currently affected by TMJ, and due to difficulty tracing the source of the pain, it can often go undiagnosed. TMJ has the potential to cause dental and medical issues that hinder your daily activities, and ultimately have lifelong consequences.
Fortunately, The Esler Dental Group may have a solution for you. Dr. Clinton Esler is an expert in neuromuscular dentistry, and uses advanced dental technology to help provide relief for patients diagnosed with this condition.
If you live in the Amarillo area and would like to discuss options for treating your TMJ, give our office a call at (806) 576-3076. We are committed to providing excellent dental care in the Borger, Dalhart and nearby Texas communities.
Qualified dentists frequently treat temporomandibular joint disorder because it is primarily caused by a misaligned bite. Several things can contribute to your bite becoming off-kilter, such as stress or muscle imbalances. However, putting off treatment or just choosing to "live with the pain" can create additional dental issues, including:
- Premature wear and tear from grinding your teeth or clenching
- Fractured teeth
- Worn enamel
- Significant tooth pain
- Asymmetrical facial swelling
- Jaw dislocation
- Locked jaw
Because grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw can wear down the enamel of your teeth, you may be more prone to tooth decay, plaque build-up and gum disease.
TMJ can cause a significant amount of pain that can quickly escalate from uncomfortable to unbearable. Although many sufferers will attempt to alleviate their pain and symptoms associated with TMJ through pain-relieving medications, this does not treat the source of the problem. This disorder can cause a myriad of medical issues when left untreated, including:
- Vision impairment
In addition, TMJ disorder can lead to the breakdown of the cartilage in the joint connecting the jaw to the skull, which can lead to further pain and other complications.
How The Esler Dental Group Can Help
Waiting to seek out treatment for your TMJ disorder can lead to serious symptoms and other conditions. TMJ is treatable and manageable when applying Dr. Esler's techniques and expertise. Depending on the patient's needs and wants, tailored solutions can be used to alleviate symptoms.
Although relieving the pain associated with TMJ is oftentimes a high priority for some patients, Dr. Esler may recommend more aggressive treatments to resolve the underlying issue. Highly trained in neuromuscular dentistry techniques, Dr. Esler can find and address the problem within the joint itself, rather than just treating the symptoms. This method examines the nerves and muscles that interact within the joint. After the cause has been identified, Dr. Esler will then develop a personalized treatment plan to bring your jaw back into proper alignment.
Deferring TMJ treatment can lead to dangerous consequences. If you are in the Amarillo area, and would like to meet with Dr. Esler to discuss treatment options for your TMJ disorder, give our office a call at (806) 576-3076. We are dedicated to creating beautiful smiles in the Borger, Dalhart and nearby Texas areas.