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How can a Wichita, KS Dentist offer effective TMJ treatment?

Patients dealing with issues such as the jaw locking, chronic head pain, and clicking joints in the jaw may be experiencing a condition called TMD. TMD is a disorder that affects the temporomandibular joint, also known as the TMJ. This joint can become problematic for some patients.

Patients that suffer from TMD may experience a number of symptoms, including:
  • A stiff or tight jaw
  • Unconscious clenching or grinding of the teeth at night
  • Pain in the jaw, neck, or shoulders
  • Consistent headaches and migraines
  • Popping or clicking jaw joints
  • Cracked and worn teeth due to clenching
Some patients who experience chronic headaches—which is the most common symptom of TMD/TMJ-are often misdiagnosed and given pain medication to address the discomfort. With a proper diagnosis of TMD, patients can seek relief from a qualified dentist such as those at East Wichita Dentist. TMJ treatment through a dentist is typically offered in the form of an oral appliance.

Oral appliance therapy for TMJ patients consists of a plastic mouth guard that is worn by the patient at night, during the day, or at all times, to alleviate the pain and discomfort that TMJ problems can cause. TMJ treatment such as this is relatively effective at addressing the problem at the source—and not just covering up the issue with a lifelong regimen of pain medications.

The team at East Wichita Dentist in Wichita, KS is committed to helping patients with the ultimate TMJ treatment to assist them in feeling better. It can also improve the quality of life of those suffering from this condition. A proper diagnosis and quality assistance in addressing the problem helps patients finally enjoy relief.

If you are in the Wichita, KS area (or in one of the surrounding communities) and are concerned that you may be suffering from TMD, you are welcome to contact East Wichita Dentist today to learn more about this condition and the effective methods available to relieve you of the discomfort that it can cause.
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