Do you suffer from frequent headaches? Do you struggle with persistent jaw pain? Is it difficult for you to chew certain foods? If so, you may be affected by a condition known as TMJ disorder, also called TMD. Fortunately, Dr. Aarati Kalluri offers effective therapies to help alleviate jaw pain and other unpleasant symptoms of TMJ disorder. Contact our office to schedule a consultation and learn more about your options for TMJ treatment in Hillsboro.
TMJ dysfunction is a condition that affects the temporomandibular joints, muscles, and connective tissues surrounding the jaw. These two complex joints (one on either side of your head) help you open and close your mouth to chew your food, speak, laugh, and sneeze. When the joints become overworked and sustain additional tension and force, it can cause chronic pain and discomfort. According to the National Institutes of Health, over 10 million Americans are affected by TMJ disorder. Women are roughly twice as likely as men to experience TMJ issues.
Patients with TMJ disorder may experience any of the following symptoms:
TMJ disorder can be caused by a variety of factors, including bite problems, past oral trauma, and bruxism. The type of treatment that will serve you best will depend on which underlying issues are contributing to your jaw pain. When you come in for your consultation, Dr. Kalluri will carefully examine your mouth to assess the situation. This may include ordering digital X-rays. She will also ask you to describe the symptoms you have been experiencing. Armed with this information, she may recommend one or more of the following types of TMJ treatment in Hillsboro.
An occlusal splint is an oral appliance that prevents teeth grinding, a common contributor to TMJ disorder symptoms. Typically worn at night, an occlusal splint shifts the jaw in a slightly forward position. This helps the joints rest comfortably and provides long-term relief from chronic TMJ pain.
Bite problems often contribute to TMJ dysfunction. When the upper and lower teeth do not work harmoniously together, it can place stress on the jaw joints. Fortunately, minor bite alterations can usually address this underlying issue. Occlusal adjustment involves buffing down the surfaces of certain restorations or teeth that are causing an uneven bite force. This treatment may help your facial muscles and connective tissues relax and ensure you can enjoy a more functional bite.
The best way to find out which TMJ treatment is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kalluri, an experienced dentist in Hillboro. Don’t hesitate to give our office a call!