Jaw pain and stiffness are just two of the symptoms of TMJ Disorder (TMD). The condition can have untold effects on your overall physical and mental wellbeing. If left untreated, your symptoms can also worsen. Fortunately, Dr. Day offers effective, personalized TMJ treatment at his Phoenix, AZ practice. Whether you require non-invasive medication or a more advanced oral surgery, his state-of-the-art treatment options can have tremendous advantages for your overall quality of life.
An Overview of TMJ Disorder and Your Treatment Options
Your temporomandibular joints (TMJs) are the complex joints that give your jaw such a full range of motion. Unfortunately, because you use these joints so much, they can often become damaged. In some cases, the surrounding soft tissues may also become inflamed. Along with near-constant use, stress is a significant cause of TMD. When you feel anxious or harried, you may clinch your jaw, putting further stress on the joints.
Dr. Day offers a variety of treatments for TMD. He will provide a full consultation and select the option that is most suited to your needs. He typically begins with the most conservative choice, and will carefully monitor your progress to see if you need further care. Treatment options include:
- Oral splints
- Corrective jaw surgery or minimally invasive surgery
- Stress management and lifestyle changes
Why Choose TMJ Treatment?
Each of these treatments can have important effects for your health and quality of life. Below are just 6 of the reasons to seek treatment for your TMD.
Alleviate your chronic discomfort.
TMD does not only lead to jaw pain. It can also cause chronic headaches, neck pain, shoulder stiffness, and upper back pain. With effective treatment, you may find that your entire body feels and functions better.
Reduce your risk for dental damage.
TMD and bruxism (chronic teeth grinding) are often related. Bruxism is one of the most common causes of TMD, and, in a truly vicious cycle, TMD can cause bruxism. Chronic grinding can lead to dental erosion and cracked teeth. When you treat one or both conditions, it will protect your smile and dental functionality for years to come.
Enjoy your meals again.
Untreated TMJ Disorder can make eating painful. In severe cases, you may avoid eating, or you may choose an extremely limited number of foods. This reduced diet could even lead to malnutrition. TMD treatment can alleviate your discomfort and enable you to eat a full range of foods.
Protect your ear health.
If you have a more serious case of TMD, it can lead to tinnitus, or chronic ringing in your ears. Sometimes, this ringing can even make it difficult to hear or sleep. Scientists are still researching the connection between the two disorders. However, TMJ treatment has been proven to alleviate tinnitus.
Enhance your overall health.
TMD has been linked to a wide range of systemic health conditions. These concerns include chronic fatigue, dizziness, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, Meniere’s disease, sleep disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, and more. Again, the link between TMD and these other conditions is not always clear. However, treating your jaw condition could be vital to your lifelong health.
Boost your mood and quality of life.
Unsurprisingly, chronic pain and fatigue can take a huge toll on your emotions and overall wellbeing. With Dr. Day’s personalized care, you could enjoy tremendous pain relief, increased self-confidence, and a brighter outlook on life.
Experiencing Jaw Pain?
If you suffer from TMD, contact Dr. Reed Day. With his varied treatment options, he will select the one that is most suited to your needs.