When chronic jaw pain becomes too much to handle, not only do you feel the discomfort in your jaw, but you’ll likely experience frequent headaches, stiffness in your neck and shoulders, and have a hard time eating. Fortunately, you will be pleased to know that Dr. Ryan Shaffer and Dr. Steven Shaffer offer TMJ Therapy in Lincoln to help relieve the pain and improve your oral health. Using safe and effective treatment options, you will notice a dramatic improvement in the way your entire facial structure feels. Contact us today to find out if you could benefit from TMJ Therapy.
The temporomandibular joints are the joints that exist on both sides of your jaw and allow it to move freely in all directions. When the nerves and tissue behind these joints become inflamed or are injured or misaligned, it can cause what is known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). This increased pain can be mild to start but increase in intensity over time. If left untreated, you can begin to experience a decline in your oral function.
Although the symptoms may not be noticeable at first, it is best if you allow Dr. Ryan or Dr. Steven to examine your oral cavity and facial structure. Through a visual exam and digital x-rays, we can determine if there is a problem with your jaw area. However, if the pain is increasing prior to your appointment, you might be able to tell if what you’re experiencing is TMD. If so, these are some of the symptoms you might have:
If our dentists determine it is TMD that you are suffering from, they can begin the process of creating a custom-made oral appliance known as an occlusal splint. Designed to resemble a traditional mouthguard, your splint will be customized to your individual needs.
After a complete examination, we will determine which type of splint is right for you and take impressions of your smile. This will help dental lab technicians to create a custom oral device that comfortably fits your mouth.
Worn at night while you sleep, this will not only keep your teeth from coming into contact with each other, which can be helpful for patients who also suffer from teeth grinding (Bruxism), but it will also keep your jaw relaxed and provide much-needed pain relief. It’s also possible for these devices to help in reducing migraine headaches as well as improve sleeping habits for those individuals with sleep apnea.
There is also another option to treat TMD, which is known as occlusal adjustment. By removing what is called an “interference,” our team can realign your bite and make it possible for your jaw to close in the proper position. These “interferences” can include different types of restorations, including dental crowns, fillings, bridge, and even tooth extractions.
By removing a small portion of the tooth or restoration that creates an interference, you will begin to notice a change in how your teeth align and come together, reducing excessive wear and tear as well as jaw pain in Lincoln.