Wake Forest area Dentist explains TMJ
Dr. Edmond Suh of the Wake Forest area is a general and cosmetic dentist who also provides patients with education and treatment of TMJ, also known as TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder).
TMJ and TMD are often used interchangeably. However, one refers to the joint itself while the other refers to the problems associated with it. The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is the joint that helps in opening and closing the mouth. This joint can become problematic for some patients, which then leads to a diagnosis of TMD (the disorder itself).
TMD can cause a number of issues, including:
- Clicking and popping of the joint
- Pain and discomfort
- Clenching and grinding of the teeth
- Pain radiating from the jaw to the neck
- Increase in headaches
Dr. Edmond Suh of Wake Forest is a dentist who can help in the diagnosis and treatment of TMD. During an examination, Dr. Edmond Suh may be able to notice unusual wear on the natural teeth, which can point to a problem with the TMJ. Patients complaining of the above problems may be experiencing TMD.
The proper treatment for most patients is oral appliance therapy. By wearing a special oral appliance at night, patients can reduce the pain and discomfort associated with this condition. This oral appliance is made of high quality medical grade plastics, which are made to protect the teeth while also reducing the tension of the jaw. This in turn can reduce the problems associated with TMD. While it cannot be cured, it can be controlled to allow patients to enjoy a better quality of life while living with this disorder.
Dr. Edmond Suh is excited to offer oral appliance therapy for patients dealing with TMD and TMJ concerns. If you are interested in learning more about the methods of addressing TMD, contact our practice today to find out if oral appliance therapy is the best solution to your concerns. We welcome new patients to our practice, and our state-of-the-art facility provides general and cosmetic dentistry services, which can assist in rejuvenating the smile and bringing it back to health. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Suh today.