Dr. John and Dr. Jeremi Arroyo have extensive post graduate training and over 40 years of combined experience diagnosing and treating complex dental problems, including TMJ. Dr. John and Dr. Jeremi are graduates of the Dawson Academy and practitioners of complete dentistry, understanding the benefits of addressing underlying dental problems that often compromise the effectiveness and longevity of results.
A type of bite disorder, TMJ is often characterized by debilitating symptoms that can ultimately affect daily life. Treating TMJ will not only resolve symptoms, but restore a comfortable and functional bite for lasting dental health.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
In almost all cases, a TMJ disorder will cause tooth wear and may contribute to tooth decay and/or (gum) disease. There are common symptoms that can indicate TMJ:
- Teeth grinding or clenching, often characterized by tooth wear
- Frequent headaches
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Limited mobility in the jaw
- Clicking or popping when opening or closing jaw
During routine visits to Arroyo Center for Aesthetic Dentistry, your dentist will look for signs of an underlying dental problem such as TMJ, but it is important to mention any of the above symptoms that you may be experiencing. Diagnosing and treating TMJ as early as possible can often prevent damage to the teeth and gums.
Treatment for TMJ
Dr. John or Dr. Jeremi Arroyo will thoroughly evaluate your dental health to determine the cause of your TMJ disorder and create a personalized treatment plan to restore your oral health. Treatment options may include:
- Occlusal equilibration (bite correction): making changes to the fit of the bite by reshaping and/or removing tooth structure with restorative dentistry.
- Splint therapy and TMJ mouthguards: a dental split can be helpful to help identify a comfortable and stable bite position. A custom mouthguard to prevent teeth grinding is a common treatment option.
- Orthodontics: Invisalign or traditional braces may be recommended to straighten the teeth and restore balance to the bite.