When your bite, jaw muscles, and joints do not work in harmony, it can lead to TMD, a temporomandibular joint disorder. This can be caused by a traumatic jaw injury or occlusal habits, such as grinding or clenching. Any one of these problems can lead to significant pain. Unfortunately, there is no recognized specialty for TMJ, so there’s no such thing as a “TMJ dentist”.
Most dentists who treat TMJ disorders are licensed as general dentists. Dr. Jerome Cha has been actively treating TMJ disorders for years and uses a variety of methods of TMJ treatment in Tulsa, OK. These treatments are integral to restorative dental care as TMJ treatment can restore the function and health of teeth.
Common Signs of TMJ
Some of the most common signs of TMJ disorders can include:
- Regular headaches or migraines
- Worn, chipped, or cracked teeth
- Teeth clenching and grinding
- Unexplained loose teeth
- Clicking or grinding sound in your jaw joints
- Pain or pressure in your joints
- Limited movement of your jaw
- Ringing in your ears
Please get in touch with our office if you begin to notice any of these symptoms. We will examine your smile and jaw to determine if you have a TMJ disorder.
TMJ Treatment in Tulsa, OK
Dr. Cha prefers to start with the least invasive TMD treatments first. The objective of treatment is usually to relieve the pain associated with the jaw joint disorder. Sometimes the problem can be solved by wearing a simple oral mandibular device. This device gently and comfortably moves your bite into a proper, healthy position, allowing your joint to move correctly.
Another option is using botulinum injections or Botox to relax the hyperactive muscles of mastication. Sometimes it is necessary to use combination therapy. Whatever treatment has been used, Dr. Cha has seen a significant success rate with his patients. Over 90% of TMJ disorder patients have reported relief from the pain they’ve been experiencing with professional treatment.
Call Our Tulsa Dental Office
If you suspect you are suffering from TMJ disorder, you may request a dental appointment with our office. You can also call Hope Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry at 918-347-1114.