Most patients with TMJ disorder (TMD) have mild or periodic symptoms that tend to get better over time. With simple home therapy, discomfort may improve within a few weeks or months. Common self-care practices include applying moist heat or ice, eating soft foods, and avoiding excessive jaw movement (e.g., chewing gum, singing loudly, wide yawning). These habits can be helpful in easing TMD symptoms. Because more research is needed on the effectiveness and safety of most TMJ and TMD treatments experts today agree that the most conservative approaches possible are preferable. In addition, reversible treatment methods are strongly recommended.
Conservative TMJ and TMD treatments do not involve invasive surgery or penetrate the jaw, joint or facial tissues. Reversible jaw joint therapies do not cause permanent changes in the position or structure of the jaw or teeth. Even severe or persistent TMJ disorders still do not require aggressive treatment services.
If your jaw joint issues worsen with time, contact us at Sinclair Smiles in Encinitas, CA. Seek advice and educate yourself about your condition. Informed patients are better equipped to ask appropriate questions, communicate effectively with doctors and make knowledgeable treatment decisions.
The following are TMJ and TMD treatment services are often recommended to patients at Sinclair Smiles:
Dr. Marisela Sinclair, DDS, of Sinclair Smiles in Encinitas, CA attends core classes at LVI Global. This is an advanced dental institution that is focused on training to treat TMJ and TMD. The advanced TMJ disorder curriculum is designed to take a serious dentist to a master level, where she can be an expert at patient diagnosis and practical treatment planning. Coursework includes TMD, Risk Management, Pharmacology, Radiology, Scan Interpretation, Anatomy, Physiology, Sleep Breathing Disorders, and much more. This set of courses focused on physiologic dentistry allow dedicated participants to troubleshoot the endless stream of complex cases that demand differential diagnoses involving the above disciplines.
Contact Sinclair Smiles in Encinitas today to schedule your consultation for TMD treatment. Our LVI trained dentist would be happy to discuss your jaw joint condition to determine the best TMJ/TMD treatment option for your case.
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