The joint connecting your jaw to your skull, called the temporomandibular joint, is highly complex. It's one of the few joints in your body which move up/down and side-to-side. In addition, it's also connected to many of the muscles in the region. This high level of complexity is crucial to your jaw's ability to perform important functions such as chewing and talking. However, this complexity also comes with a downside. When your jaw joint falls out of alignment, it can cause you serious pain.
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is the name of the condition that results when your jaw joint becomes misaligned. It can lead to chronic pain in many regions of your body, making the condition difficult to diagnose. TMJ dentist, Dr. Adam Moore, has been helping patients in the Garner and Cary areas for years, and he has the experience to properly diagnose and treat this issue.
The best way to determine if your pain is being caused by TMJ is to speak with Dr. Moore in person. He'll work with you to devise a customized TMJ treatment plan to give you the relief you need. Please call (919) 772-1811 today to schedule a consultation.
TMJ Diagnosis and Treatment Options
Your TMJ treatment plan starts with a thorough diagnostic exam. Our dentist has completed comprehensive training in the field of neuromuscular dentistry, which focuses on making sure the ligaments, joints, and muscles of the jaw are aligned and functioning properly. By using the principles of neuromuscular dentistry, Dr. Moore can determine the extent of your jaw misalignment and devise the proper treatment plan to correct your condition.
There are two phases to your TMJ treatment plan. The first phase seeks to alleviate your painful TMJ symptoms. To accomplish this, Dr. Moore may recommend:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including ibuprofen and aspirin
- Muscle relaxants
- Tricyclic antidepressants
Once your pain has been alleviated, Dr. Moore will begin the second phase of your treatment, which seeks to move your jaw to its ideal resting position and restore a properly aligned bite. Depending on your unique bite alignment issues, Dr. Moore may recommend:
- Orthotic night guards
- Invisalign® clear braces
In addition, Dr. Moore's wife, Dr. Amy Savarese, is a physical therapist and occupational therapist with specialized training in TMJ therapy. She regularly treats TMJ patients at Moore Family Dentistry. This treatment is often performed in conjunction with a night guard to provide even more effective results.
If you believe you may be experiencing pain from TMJ, please contact Moore Family Dentistry today to schedule your initial evaluation. Dr. Adam Moore serves patients in Garner and Cary, North Carolina.