Do you endure daily discomfort in the jaw area, neck, or head? Estimates suggest that over 10 million people in the U.S. are affected by TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders (TMD). This chronic condition causes inflammation in the jaw joint, making it difficult to speak and eat comfortably, and often causes pain. You do not have to live with TMD symptoms. With proper treatment at Richard D Weigand DDS in Spokane, WA, you can get rid of the pain and enjoy enhanced quality of life.
TMJ disorders occur when the joint that connects your jaw to your skull is damaged. This can happen when the teeth or jaw are injured, but may also be an effect of misalignment, bruxism, arthritis, stress, or poor posture.
Many patients who suffer from TMD have not been diagnosed, but living with chronic symptoms has greatly impacted their lives:
- Frequent headaches, especially in the morning
- Jaw or ear pain
- Difficulty concentrating
- Waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth
- Sore or chipped teeth
- Limited jaw mobility and jaw noises
Tailored TMJ treatment in Spokane, WA
Dr. Weigand has studied the effects of oral imperfections, such as a misaligned bite and bruxism, on teeth and dental restorations. For example, bruxism is the grinding of the teeth. It is harmful to teeth and enhancements such as veneers. A misaligned bite adds undue pressure, which can cause chips and fractures in crowns. This is especially important to note for the placement of dental implants.
By understanding how these factors can change a patient’s bite pattern, he can properly diagnose a concern prior to treatment to increase the rate of success.
Dr. Weigand begins with the most conservative technique for TMJ pain relief such as elimination of chewing gum, using warm compresses, and gentle massage. For more intense cases, TMJ therapy with an oral appliance may be beneficial. This TMJ cure involves wearing an oral splint that reduces jaw strain and redistributes bite force. Dr. Weigand has had excellent success with these techniques, with surgical TMJ adjustment rarely needed.
Have you searched for a “TMJ doctor near me,” only to be prescribed muscle relaxers for TMJ symptoms instead having underlying cause of the problem addressed? It is time to call (509) 485-8620 for a consultation with Dr. Weigand for jaw pain treatment that brings real relief.