The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is a jaw muscle that serves as a hinge whose function is to make it possible to open and close your mouth. They are located on either side of the head and its functionality and health are paramount, as it is activated whenever one speaks, chews, or swallows. As one can imagine, any impairment to this essential jaw muscle can cause some discomfort to put it mildly, as pain and stiffness can hinder some basic life functions. Disorders affecting the TMJ Tampa FL are rather common and can manifest among any age group due to the variability of the possible instigators. There is not a single cause for TMDs, but luckily, Lake Park Dental offers a number of services that can serve to address and correct the discomfort and pain caused by these disorders.
In many cases, the causes for pain on the TMJ Tampa FL are difficult to diagnose and unclear. However, painful TMJ disorders are often rooted in erosion, dealignment, or damage caused by arthritis or impact. That is to say, that it is impossible to isolate and treat the cause of the TMD without a thorough orthodontic review and diagnosis.
As we mentioned above, due to the broad spectrum of sources for recurring pain to the TMJ Tampa FL, treatment cannot begin without isolating the root cause of the issue. Treatments may include something as simple as providing a mouth guard to prevent grinding of the teeth during sleep, or something more involved such a realignment of the teeth through the use of braces or Invisalign, and, in rare cases, orthodontic surgery and occlusal adjustments.
If left unattended, the pain and discomfort caused by TMD can be exacerbated over time. It is therefore of utmost importance to find medical professionals that specialize in examining and determining the root of the problem and addressing the underlying cause. Professionals such as Dr. Sarah Jockin, who through extensive training and experience, has made a specialty out of treating Temporomandibular Joint Disorders. If you have suffered from TMD, do not let the symptoms worsen, contact our experienced professionals so that we can put you on a path to a healthier more comfortable life.