Why Nashua area patients should schedule a consultation with a TMJ specialist
Drs. Judith A. Whitcomb and Randall G. Viola of Nashua Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry, PLLC provide a wide selection of dental services including diagnosis and treatment of TMJ disorders. A consultation appointment at our practice is the first step in determining if patients have the condition and what can be done to treat it.
What is TMJ?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. This joint, along with many nerves, ligaments, and muscles open and close the jaw. There are times when this bone and the structure surrounding it malfunction and cause problems that affect the patient. Signs of TMJ disorder may include symptoms such as the following:
- Clicking or popping sounds when opening and closing the mouth
- Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
- Damage to natural teeth
- Chronic headaches
- Facial pain
- Pain radiating to the neck and shoulders
- Pain or ringing in the ears
Treatment for TMJ disorder
At Nashua Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry, PLLC, patients often enjoy the use of splint therapy to control the disorder to alleviate pain, discomfort, and other symptoms they experience in conjunction with this condition. Splint therapy uses a special mouth guard or bite appliance that is worn at night. It helps in realigning the jaw and keeping it in place for less irritation, and reduces the forces that could be damaging the teeth with clenching and grinding. Patients often find relief with this non-invasive therapy.
Make a consultation appointment today
At Nashua Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry, PLLC, Drs. Judith A. Whitcomb and Randall G. Viola are committed to helping others in achieving beautiful, healthy smiles. When conditions such as temporomandibular joint disorder affect the functionality of the mouth, it is essential for patients to seek treatment. Treatment of TMJ disorder and other conditions starts with a consultation. Contact us today at (855) 363-3793.