Suffering from TMJ Disorders in Wake Forest NC? Dentist resolves symptoms, starting with accurate diagnosis
Temporomandibular joint disorders are often confused with bruxism. Better-known as teeth grinding, bruxism can have a destructive effect on the health of your teeth and mouth. When you subconsciously clench or grind your teeth as you sleep, excessive pressure is placed on your oral structure. The teeth can’t withstand the forces caused by such biting and clenching. The result is cracked, broken, or even crooked teeth.
There is a guard for that; a dental appliance may be customized to fit your mouth. This appliance protects teeth from damage. It may be suggested to keep the dazzling results of treatments such as porcelain veneers. You don’t want to jeopardize the results of such treatments by not addressing the condition that created the jagged surfaces or chips in the first place.
Other overlooked consequences of teeth problems
Another type of oral appliance may be designed to treat a common condition: TMJ Disorder (TMD). The temporomandibular joint connects the jawbone to the skull. If you have this condition, facial pain and headaches may have become a way of life. You may experience sleeplessness due to the discomfort. Work and school performance can suffer, and you might not even get the nutrition you need, as TMD can affect how you bite and chew. Eating may become more of a chore than a pleasure. If you don’t get proper nutrition, it sets off a cascade of other medical problems.
It is important to get an accurate diagnosis of the cause of the symptoms. To this end, Dr. Suh uses the K7 Evaluation System to diagnose the cause of your symptoms. The system collects measurements that reveal how your jaw and muscles are working. In turn, he can then develop a treatment plan that addresses your specific problems.
To find out more about how your dentist in Wake Forest NC can help with TMJ Disorders, call 919 556 6200 to schedule an appointment.