Improved quality of life, free of TMD pain a visit away, thanks to treatments from premier practice near Raleigh NC
A group of disorders affecting the temporomandibular joint connecting the jaw and the skull, TMJ/TMD affects a reported 5 to 12 percent of the population.
If left untreated, TMJ can lead to other problems often as an outgrowth of or the progression of conditions associated with the disorder, such as:
- Chronic facial pain
- Chronic headaches
- Poor nutrition due to problems chewing
As you can imagine or may know all too well, these conditions can have a negative impact on the quality of one’s life. The earlier Dr. Edmond Suh can accurately diagnose the cause of your symptoms and start you on an appropriate TMD treatment, the better.
ABC’s of TMD Treatment
Medications prescribed by Dr. Suh can help ease the pain that is characteristic of these conditions. Drugs may also help relax the muscles related to these unwanted side effects.
Dr. Suh looks for a long-term solution to your pain. Guards or oral splints may be prescribed. These devices are customized to fit your teeth — similar to what a patient may wear to protect his or her teeth from damage caused by nighttime clenching or grinding.
TMD is often mistaken for bruxism. While both disorders have similar symptoms, these are two different conditions. Dr. Suh uses the K7 Evaluation System to assure accurate diagnoses. A treatment plan is developed that is guided by measurements taken from the device, such as computerized jaw tracking and muscle readings.
Effective treatment doesn’t mean invasive treatment. In fact, Dr. Suh has been able to decrease gradually patients’ reliance on pain meds with time as they are no longer in pain. He has been able to do this without aggressive procedures such as surgeries (which are quite controversial in the TMJ/TMD field).
Therapies may involve the use of orthodontics such as Invisalign to realign teeth and correct bite issues, restoring pain-free function. There are many noninvasive approaches offered by the premier practice for TMD Treatments in Raleigh, NC. The treatment hinges on the nature of your condition. Call 919 556 6200 to schedule an appointment. Be sure to bring your questions. Dr. Suh travels the world educating others on these and other topics in general dentistry, and he would be more than happy to walk you through your options.