Do you wake up every morning with a headache or sore jaw? Does your partner complain about noise while you sleep? If so, you are probably grinding your teeth and it may be a result of TMJ.
TMJ is the term that people commonly use to refer to Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. This is a fairly common condition that can lead to painful symptoms like jaw pain, severe headaches, and teeth grinding (which is also known as bruxism).
If you suffer from TMJ, you know that the symptoms can have a serious, detrimental impact on your quality of life. But like many patients who visit our Pittsburgh dental office to talk about their symptoms, you may not be aware that a qualified dentist can treat the problem effectively.
What Causes TMJ?
TMJ symptoms are most often the result of a misaligned dental bite. If you have TMJ, you probably grind your teeth excessively, especially while you sleep. This constant grinding gradually erodes the natural healthy structure of teeth. If TMJ goes untreated, it can eventually lead to the breakdown of your jawbone and even tooth loss.
You may think that this is a difficult problem to treat, but in many cases, it’s possible for us to correct a misaligned bite without the need for costly and complicated surgery.
Treating the Symptoms of TMJ
Before we map out a treatment plan, we need to look for the source of your teeth grinding. We will check your bite to gather information about the balance between your jaw joint and the way your teeth come into contact with each other.
Once we have established a diagnosis, we can fit you with an FDA-approved NTI device that fits comfortably over your front teeth and works by balancing your dental bite. The device is specifically designed to reduce discomfort associated with TMJ, including teeth grinding, headaches, and migraines.
Solutions That Fit Your Needs
The only way to pinpoint the exact cause of your symptoms and the best type of treatment for you is to contact our office and arrange for a consultation. Our convenient extended hours allow you to easily get in to see us before or after work. Dental insurance may cover your TMJ appliance, and we will work with you to determine your portion of costs before we begin treatment.
With all the resources at our disposal, there is simply no reason to go through life with TMJ and its annoying, painful symptoms. Dr. Martik and every member of our team are dedicated to providing you with the most effective, up-to-date dental health solutions available.We will take all the time necessary to work with you to find the treatment that best fits your needs and restores your quality of life.