TMJ is commonly called in the public TMJ, that's the temporomandibular joint. This joint. In dentistry we talk in terms of TMD, TMD is temporomandibular disorder. We find it's a disorder and it is an area that I have a lot of training in. I've spent a lot of hours. I've gone to an institute where I took hundreds and hundreds of hours to graduate this institute, learning about TMD and how to help patients with their jaw and their bite. The philosophy that I believe whole heartedly in is called neuromuscular dentistry. We try to find a balance, not just with the teeth but with the muscles and the joint and try to build everything in harmony.
It's very common in our society. Stress has brought out a lot of trouble with teeth and patients live longer. Patients have a lot of stress in their life. Accidents. Another big problem that we see is braces. Patients having braces early in life and it's not for everyone but for certain individuals, if they move those teeth out of balance, yes they might be straight but now they're not working in harmony with the muscles. Then we have patients that are developing TMD.
With our TMD patients they may or may not have joint clicking. They often have headaches. That's usually what they're coming to me for. They have a lot of neck strain and even down into the shoulders. We find as we go through our therapy and our treatment as we restore that balance back into how one jaw relates to the other, these symptoms start disappearing. You get rid of the noises here. You get rid of the headaches. You get rid of the neck problems and the shoulder problems. The posture becomes better.
I have different ways that I treat them. Usually we're going to start with something very conservative. We don't want to go in and do anything to their teeth and change. We want to do something, usually with the use of a plastic splint we call an orthotic, just like you'd put an orthotic in your shoe to give you better posture. We're going to put an orthotic over your teeth that's removable, that will help me start understanding where your bite and where the balance of your jaw should be.
Although TMJ issues and teeth grinding create major daily and nightly problems, Dr. Rod Gleave,DMD provides fast and effective TMJ treatment to stop them all.
At our Salt Lake City, UT dentist office, Dr. Rod Gleave, DMD will:
- Prevent constant headaches you may be enduring due to teeth or jaw issues
- Alleviate pain in your jaw, face, neck, and shoulders
- Protect the enamel in your teeth, which can be worn down by teeth grinding
Call 801-747-8531 for a consultation at Rod Gleave, DMD to feel better soon!
Easily Solving Your TMJ/Teeth Grinding Problems
Dr. Rod Gleave, DMD will first examine your mouth to determine where your problems are stemming from, which could include:
- An alignment issue in your bite (the way your upper and lower teeth fit together)
- Issues caused by an accident or trauma to your jaw
- Teeth grinding during the day or night, a condition known as bruxism
Any of these can cause stress on your jaw, leading to TMJ-related problems. TMJ is a short term for your temporomandibular joint. This joint connects your jaw to your skull, and it can cause daily discomfort if affected.
Dr. Rod Gleave, DMD will create a thin, comfortable, and customized oral appliance – or “orthotic” – for you to wear and rectify the problems. This plastic retainer will be worn over your lower teeth to improve your bite. After we find the most comfortable bite position, we can proceed to make it permanent with several different treatments, relieving your pain once and for all.
You’ll also save time and money on any treatments you may eventually require due to teeth grinding, which leaves your teeth vulnerable to bacteria and cracking as the enamel is worn down.
Contact Dr. Rod Gleave, DMD today at 801-747-8531 to set up a consultation. Our friendly staff can also answer questions you may have or help you make an appointment using our online form. We’re here to help stop your suffering and save your beautiful smile.
Dr. Rod Gleave is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID).