Tulsa TMJ Dentist
What is TMJ Disorder?
When your bite, jaw muscles, and joints do not work in harmony with one another it can lead to TMD, a disorder of the temporomandibular joint.
This can be caused by a traumatic injury to the jaw, or from occlusal habits, such as grinding or clenching. Any one of these problems can lead to significant pain.
What is a TMJ Dentist?
There is no recognized specialty for TMJ, so there’s really no such thing as a “TMJ dentist.” Most dentists who treat TMJ disorder are licensed as general dentists. Both Dr. Cha and Dr. Durham have been actively treating TMJ disorder for years. They use a variety of methods to treat TMJ/TMD.
There are a variety of treatments. He prefers to start with the least invasive 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, such as the one pictured on the left. This is designed to gently and comfortably move your bite into a proper, healthy position which allows your joint to move properly.
Another option is the use of botulinum injections to relax hyperactive muscles of mastication. Sometimes it is necessary to use combination therapy. Whatever treatment has been used, Drs. Cha and Durham have seen a significant success rate. Over 90% of our TMJ disorder patients have reported relief from the pain they’ve been experiencing.
What are some Symptoms of TMJ Disorder?
- Regular headaches or migraines
- Worn, chipped, or cracked teeth
- 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
If you suspect you are suffering from TMJ disorder, you may request an appointment with our office.
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