Can a regular dentist diagnose TMJ?
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The jaw is one of the strongest joints in the human body and is capable of this power due to its two temporomandibular joints. Disorders involving these joints are known as temporomandibular joint disorders or TMD. Dentists are the foremost professionals to diagnose and treat TMD as they are experts in the anatomy of the jaw. They can prescribe custom-made mouthguards and other forms of treatment to help alleviate symptoms. While regular dentists can formulate a diagnosis for a TMJ disorder, dentists who specialize in treating these conditions see these cases much more frequently and can therefore provide better care.
Yes, a regular dentist can diagnose patients with a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). A regular or general dentist, has a deep understanding of how the jaw functions and can therefore diagnose patients who are suffering from TMJ pain. If general dentistry treatment options do not work, patients who are experiencing severe TMJ pain may need to be referred to a TMJ specialist for further treatment. Fortunately, the dentists at Koala® Center For Sleep & TMJ Disorders are experienced and qualified in diagnosing TMJ disorders and can provide a wide number of treatment options, from non-invasive therapies to surgical procedures.
While many people may think of dentists as simply teeth doctors, they are experts in the anatomy of the jaw and look at the mouth as part of a system. That system includes the temporomandibular joint, and therefore dentists can help in diagnosing TMJ disorders and can also provide a wide range of treatment options to alleviate pain and discomfort. Dental treatments can help because TMJ disorders can be caused by tooth and jaw alignment problems. This may involve orthodontic treatments like braces, which can help realign the teeth and jaw so the mouth can close in its proper position. In many cases, orthodontic treatments can alleviate TMJ symptoms. Dentists may recommend wearing a custom dental appliance if TMJ comes from teeth grinding or clenching. Often called a mouthguard or a splint, this appliance helps prevent the upper teeth from grinding against the lower teeth. In addition to alleviating TMJ symptoms mouthguards prevent wear on the teeth from grinding and potential complications.
Yes, TMJ disorders can cause tooth pain. When experiencing a TMJ disorder (TMD), the joint or the muscles attached to it could be damaged or dysfunctional. When this happens, it can cause the muscles to tighten up, which can result in headaches, jaw pain, and nerve pain in the teeth. In the majority of cases nerve pain in teeth is the result of cavities, enamel erosion, or chipped or damaged teeth. However, if these causes have been ruled out the tooth nerve pain may be symptomatic of a temporomandibular disorder. A TMD can result from misalignment, lack of proper joint lubrication, or tooth grinding. Other conditions, such as an injury, may also result in a TMJ disorder. Besides tooth pain, TMDs are frequently accompanied by headaches, jaw pain, crepitus (popping and clicking sounds), swelling, and a limited range of motion.
At Koala® Center For Sleep & TMJ Disorders, we are dedicated to helping you find relief from your TMJ dysfunction. Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating TMJ disorders and can help you improve the form and function of your temporomandibular joint. Call us today to book an appointment. We look forward to serving you!