What You Need to Know About Prolonged TMJ

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) affects millions of people worldwide, causing pain and discomfort in the jaw joint and surrounding muscles. While many individuals experience temporary or occasional TMJ symptoms, some may suffer from chronic or prolonged TMJ. In this blog, we will explore the symptoms, treatment options, and how Dunaway D.D.S. can provide expert care and relief for those dealing with prolonged TMJ.

Understanding Prolonged TMJ:

  • Defining Prolonged TMJ: Prolonged TMJ refers to the persistence of symptoms beyond the temporary or occasional nature of the disorder. It can be caused by various factors, including jaw misalignment, teeth grinding (bruxism), stress, or trauma. These factors can contribute to the continued irritation and inflammation of the TMJ, leading to chronic symptoms that require professional attention.
  • Recognizing Symptoms: Common symptoms of prolonged TMJ include jaw pain, facial pain, headaches, clicking or popping sounds in the jaw, difficulty chewing, and limited mouth opening. It is important to consult with a dental professional like Dr. Lige Dunaway at Dunaway D.D.S for a comprehensive evaluation and accurate diagnosis. These symptoms can significantly impact one’s quality of life, affecting daily activities such as eating, speaking, and sleeping.

Treatment Options for Prolonged TMJ:

Non-Invasive Approaches:

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  • Lifestyle changes: Stress reduction techniques, proper posture, and relaxation exercises can help alleviate TMJ symptoms.
  • Oral appliances: Custom-fitted mouthguards or splints can help reposition the jaw and reduce grinding or clenching.
  • Physical therapy: Targeted exercises and stretches can strengthen the jaw muscles and improve joint mobility.

Advanced Treatment Techniques:

  • Occlusal equilibration: Dr. Dunaway utilizes advanced techniques to adjust the bite, ensuring proper alignment and relieving TMJ-related discomfort.
  • Botox injections: Botulinum toxin injections can temporarily relax the muscles involved in jaw movement, reducing pain and tension.
  • Orthodontic treatment: In some cases, orthodontic procedures may be recommended to correct misaligned teeth and improve jaw function.

Expert Care for Prolonged TMJ:

Dr. Lige Dunaway is a highly skilled dentist with years of experience in diagnosing and treating TMJ disorders. With a deep understanding of the complexities of TMJ, he provides personalized care and treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs.

With a deep understanding of the complexities associated with these conditions, Dr. Dunaway is committed to providing optimal care and relieving our patients’ symptoms. Our approach to diagnosing TMJ disorders is thorough and multi-faceted. We conduct a meticulous evaluation that considers various factors crucial to accurate diagnosis and effective treatment planning. This comprehensive assessment includes the careful review of laboratory studies, historical data, advanced imaging techniques, and assessments of behavioral, social, and occupational aspects.

By taking into account all these elements, we strive to provide a comprehensive and precise diagnosis. This enables us to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs. With our TMJ services, you can have confidence in our commitment to relieving pain, improving function, and ultimately enhancing your overall quality of life.

Apart from specialized TMJ care, Dunaway Dentistry offers a wide range of dental services, including preventive care, cosmetic dentistry, restorative treatments, and more. Patients can expect exceptional dental care in a comfortable and welcoming environment.

Take Control of Your TMJ Today:

Don’t let prolonged TMJ symptoms hinder your quality of life. Trust the expertise of Dr. Lige Dunaway and the dedicated team at Dunaway D.D.S. to provide you with the relief you deserve. Experience the relief and expert care you deserve for your prolonged TMJ symptoms. Take control of your TMJ and start your journey to a pain-free smile today.

Contact our office today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a pain-free and comfortable smile.