Shoulder, neck, and facial pain are just a few of the symptoms of TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder. Headaches and even migraines can also be a side effect of this debilitating disorder. There are effective ways to manage the pain caused by TMJ, and Dr. Robertson, your TMJ dentist in Irvine has answers for you.
A Custom Oral Appliance
Bruxism, or clenching and grinding your teeth, could contribute to TMJ issues. It may be tricky to know if you're clenching and grinding because it typically happens at night while you sleep. Dr. Robertson creates customized oral appliances for patients that can help to relax their muscles and protect their teeth from the excessive wear and fractures that bruxism can cause.
Sometimes a misaligned bite can be the cause of TMJ pain. Orthodontics can be utilized to straighten your teeth and correct your bite, which may alleviate your TMJ disorder.
Invisalign is a great option to straighten your teeth with clear plastic aligners instead of traditional brackets and wires. This option often works well for adults looking for a discreet way to align their teeth. If Invisalign is right for your needs, you'll not only experience relief from the symptoms of your TMJ disorder, you'll also enjoy the confidence and benefits a beautiful smile can give you.
Medication might be one way to alleviate inflammation and reduce your discomfort. Many patients benefit from using a combination of an oral appliance and medication. Massage can also be a great treatment to help relax sore muscles and relieve TMJ pain.
After more than 30 years of helping patients manage their TMJ issues, Dr. Robertson understands that every patient is unique. He'll work with you to determine the best therapy, or combination of therapies to suit your lifestyle and needs. Our goal is to get you feeling comfortable and back on the path to wellness again as soon as possible.
You no longer have to let the pain caused by TMJ control your life! Contact our office today to learn more about how Dr. Robertson can help you.