Do you experience frequent headaches, jaw pain or chronic facial pain?
These can be common signs of a TMJ disorder which can have an impact on both oral and overall health and well being. Dr. Ratti Handa provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for TMJ disorders and bite problems in Acton, MA. Dr. Handa uses advanced technology to evaluate the condition and function of the bite as a foundation for effective treatment using a range of options and oral appliances. The goal of your treatment for a TMJ disorder is to restore balance and comfort to the bite while resolving symptoms affecting your quality of life.
What is a TMJ disorder?
The commonly used term “TMJ” is often referring to a temporomandibular disorder or TMD. This is the result of dysfunction in the temporomandibular joints or the jaw joints that connect the skull and the lower jaw. One of the strongest and most used in our bodies, the TMJ can become damaged as a result of trauma, other jaw structure problems or lifestyle habits that stress the joints.
TMJ can result in a wide range of symptoms from popping or clicking joints to headaches and craniofacial pain. Dr. Handa works with patients individually to identify the underlying cause, address symptoms and support the long term stability of good dental health. TMJ disorders are often related to or can affect the function of the airway and many patients will also suffer from sleep related problems.
Common symptoms of TMJ can include:
- Teeth grinding
- Worn, flat teeth
- Damaged teeth
- Ear pain, ringing in the ears
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Clicking sounds when eating or speaking
Treating TMJ in Acton, MA
Dr. Handa uses advanced digital 3-D scanning to evaluate the structure and function of your bite. As a VIVOS® dentist in the Acton area, Dr. Handa will incorporate this unique system of diagnostic resources and oral appliance therapies to address common underlying structural problems. A noninvasive treatment protocol, VIVOS can enable patients of all ages to achieve a healthier bite, normal airway function and improved health.
Oral appliance therapy is designed to correct jaw development issues that have led to a range of problems affecting tooth position, airway function and jaw joints. These can include:
- Crooked teeth, malocclusion
- Narrow palate or dental arches
- Mouth breathing
Dr. Handa will create a personalized treatment plan to address your unique needs and dental problems with the goal of establishing a healthy and stable oral foundation. In addition to oral appliances, we may incorporate orthodontics and other restorative treatments.
Schedule A TMJ Consultation
If you have been diagnosed with a TMJ disorder or have concerns about the health of your bite, we welcome you to schedule a visit with Dr. Handa to explore our treatment options. Our personalized care and unique approach can offer a lasting outcome and improved quality of life.