Temporomandibular joint disorder is a complex oral health concern that can compromise the function and health of a patient’s smile. TMD can cause chronic pain condition that may affect the quality of a patient’s life.
Dr. Aubrey Myers is a graduate of the prestigious Dawson Academy, a center for advancing dental medicine. Dr. Myers has taken hours of advanced courses expanding her knowledge of the masticatory system. Dr. Myers thoroughly evaluates the jaw, related muscles, and their relationship to the overall health and function of the smile.
Signs & Symptoms of TMJ
If you experience chronic headaches, facial pain or popping of the jaw, it is important to know these symptoms could be related to TMD. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, be sure to schedule a consultation with Dr. Myers to prevent further damage to your teeth, jaw, and bite.
Difficulty or pain when chewing or swallowing
Earaches or ringing ears
Face, neck, shoulder and back pain
Jaw clicking, popping or locking
Jaw pain and tension
Numbness or tingling in the hands or fingers
The health the temporomandibular joint is essential for the proper and comfortable function of the bite. Damage to this area can cause difficultly chewing, speaking, and focusing. Misalignment, habitual teeth grinding, or trauma to the TMJ can lead to chronic pain conditions such as headaches and jaw pain.
TMJ Therapy What to Expect
TMJ is a complex disorder with no singular cause or treatment. Patients with TMD commonly require a combination of restorative dental treatments to fully rehabilitate the function of the jaw and to reduce the painful side effects. Dr. Myers provides personalized TMJ treatment plans based on a thorough bite analysis. Treatment plans are tailored to the patient’s unique needs and will address the cause of the jaw malfunction to relieve the symptoms of TMD.
Treatment Options for TMJ
Oral Sleep Appliance: An oral sleep appliance is a custom designed to realign the bite while a patient sleeps. The custom sleep device helps prevent the patient from grinding the jaw during the night and protects the teeth from damage. An oral sleep appliance is most effective for patients with bruxism related TMJ concerns.
Invisalign®: Dr. Myers is an Emerald Isle, NC Invisalign certified provider. Invisalign can be used to treat TMJ caused by crooked teeth or malocclusion. Invisalign clear aligners gradually straighten teeth and is a discreet, comfortable and effective way to relieve painful TMD symptoms.
Change in lifestyle habits: Changes in lifestyle and habits can help ease anxiety and stress that often exasperates TMJ pain symptoms. Dr. MYers may recommend exercise, meditation, yoga, and other therapeutic activities to help patients release stress and tension to prevent jaw clenching or grinding. Dr. Myers may make other recommendations of changes that may help alleviate TMJ pain.
If you experience chronic headaches, especially right after waking up, they may be related to TMD. Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, occurs while you are sleeping and can cause stress on the temporomandibular joint. Headaches are a common side effect of TMD caused by bruxism. Dr. MYers offers oral sleep appliances that can help stop teeth grinding and alleviate headaches. If you have daily headaches, contact our Emerald Island, NC dentist office to schedule a consultation.
If your jaw makes a popping or clicking sound when you open and close it, your jaw joint may be malfunctioning. Patients with popping or clicking in their jaw should contact our Emerald Isle, NC dentist office to schedule a consultation and bite analysis. Dr. Aubrey Myers offers comprehensive TMJ therapy.
Yes, crooked teeth or malocclusion can cause TMD pain. A misaligned bite can cause added stress on the jaw joint causing pain or malfunction of the bite. Emerald Isle, NC dentist Dr. Myers offers Invisalign for a discreet and effective way to realign teeth and reduce TMJ related symptoms.
Why choose Aubrey Myers, DDS?
It’s more than “just the teeth” with Dr. Myers
Dr. Myers is an alumnus of the Dawson Academy and a member of the AACD. For over 19 years, Dr. Aubrey Myers has provided her patients with exceptional preventive, general, cosmetic and reconstructive dental care. Dr. Myers is a retired US Navy dentist who has recently moved back to the Emerald Isle community. She looks forward to providing the community with her unique approach to complete dentistry.
What sets Dr. Myers apart from other dentists in the area is her advanced training and ongoing commitment to providing complete dental care. Our Crystal Coast dental care team is focused on offering individualized, conservative dental care to achieve stable, functional and beautiful smiles with specific attention and consideration to the patient’s unique needs, desires, and goals.
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