One of the things that we do with our examination is we are aware of wear. So we're going to access wear damage that we see in a patient’s mouth. Most times, patients are totally unaware of the wear, so if this is occurring when they're sleeping—quite common—we’re gonna look and see what's the severity and what's the appropriate treatment. Many times it's a mouthguard so that instead of rubbing their teeth together, they're protected by a guard. I have many patients who tell me, 'Wow, I can't sleep without my guard.' You know? So, it's ... it goes a long way toward enhancing the longevity of the teeth and minimizing the amount of dentistry that's needed in the long run. So if you're preserving as much of the healthy tooth structure as you can, you're gonna get this patient keeping their own teeth into their 80s and 90s, and that's where we're headed.
Do you have pain in your jaw or unexplained headaches? Does your face feel tired or swollen? You might have an issue with your TMJ. A Perfect Smile in Falmouth, ME does more than just clean and fix teeth – we have the training to help you with jaw joint problems, too.
Over the years, we have treated countless patients with the same symptoms you have, and we have been able to relieve their pain and get them back to living a normal life again. Call our Falmouth, ME dentist office at 207-536-3508 to schedule a TMJ treatment consultation with Dr. Nelson to know the dental appliance or treatment can help you with TMJ problems/disorder.
What Is TMJ?
TMJ refers to TMJ disorder. The TMJ is short for the temporomandibular joint, the joint that connects your jaws to your skull. The cause of TMJ disorder isn’t always known, but it’s often related to jaw or head injury, stress, arthritis, or a bad bite.
Common TMJ Symptoms
TMJ disorders have symptoms that range from bothersome to painful. Here are a few symptoms you should be aware of:
- Jaw Pain
- “Tired” Jaw
- Facial Swelling
- Painful Bite
- Teeth Grinding, or Bruxism
- Migraines and Headaches
Can TMJ Cause Migraines?
The muscles in your TMJ extend up into your temple region. This means any issues with your TMJ can have a dramatic effect on this area and can even lead to migraine symptoms.
Solve Your TMJ Problems with an Oral Appliance from A Perfect Smile
We take a holistic approach to your dental care, and that includes TMJ problems. Our noninvasive, custom dental appliances will adjust your jaw position and take the strain off your TMJ. This lets the joint naturally correct the imbalances that caused it. Our dental appliance will also help relieve your TMJ-related migraine symptoms.
Claim Victory Over Your TMJ with Help from Dr. Nelson
Relieve your pain! Call our office at 207-536-3508 to schedule your TMJ treatment Falmouth, ME area consultation, or use our online form. Dr. Nelson will make sure your TMJ issues are diagnosed and treated quickly and correctly.