If you place your fingertips right below your ears and then open your mouth, you should feel something moving beneath the skin. This is known as the TMJ (the temporomandibular joint), an essential body part that helps you speak clearly, laugh, yawn, chew food, and perform other daily functions. Like any other part of the body, the TMJ is also prone to dysfunction and strain; this condition is known as TMJ disorder or TMD. TMJ disorder often leads to serious symptoms like chronic, even debilitating pain. At Tarpon Shores Dental, Dr. Mesh wants to help you regain a healthy and stable smile with specialty therapy techniques and his extensive expertise. Please contact us today to get started with a consultation here in Englewood, FL.
TMJ disorder is a complex condition that can emerge from several sources, including:
Symptoms patients should be aware of include the following:
At Tarpon Shores Dental, we offer several therapy options for addressing TMJ disorder. Each patient’s unique treatment plan will depend on the root cause of their condition and its severity. Options include:
Occlusal splints are the most common form of TMJ therapy, and often the most effective for certain patients. Dr. Mesh will design a high-quality, custom-made appliance that can be worn comfortably at all times of the day, and patients should start to experience relief from TMJ-related pain very soon after they start using the splint diligently. We look forward to helping you recover your smile’s natural harmony.