How can a Mesa area dentist offer TMD treatment?
Patients who suffer from pain and dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint and surrounding muscles may deal with a condition called TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). This condition has a negative effect on the way the jaw joint and the muscles work to control the movement of the mouth. This condition is common and may cause patients to notice sensitivity, locking, and clicking of the jaw when they open and close their mouth while speaking or eating. The sensitivity can become aggressive and result in discomfort down the neck and into the shoulders. This condition can even be the cause of regular headaches. Patients can receive a proper diagnosis through their Mesa area physician, and then visit Dr. Fritz of New Health Dental for TMD treatment.
Temporomandibular joint disorder can be addressed using oral appliance therapy. This means that patients wear a mouth guard to help properly align the jaw. Discomfort should be addressed as soon as possible to improve the quality of life of those suffering from TMD.
Patients can address this problem in several ways. Many may benefit from oral appliance therapy through their dentist. This allows patients to enjoy a removable, yet effective, method of improving the way they feel and reducing problems associated with this musculoskeletal disorder. Patients should avoid treatments that make permanent changes to the jaw or the bite, as this can cause more problems. Instead, patients should seek the attention of a professional with experience in TMD treatments and knowledge of the most effective methods of reducing the problems associated with it.
Dr. Fritz, of New Health Dental in Mesa, helps patients in and around the community with their dental needs. If you have been diagnosed with TMD and you are seeking a non-surgical option for treatment, oral appliance therapy may be appropriate. Contact our team today for an initial examination. Our team is happy to assist new patients with their dental concerns and provide the right care for treating conditions such as these.