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TMJ Treatment & Symptoms Acton, MA

Do you experience frequent headaches, jaw pain or chronic facial pain?

These are common signs of a TMJ disorder. If you suffer from a TMJ disorder, it can have an impact on both your 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. If she sees that a patient suffers from a bite issue, she will offer effective treatment. We offer several treatment options including oral appliances. The goal of TMJ treatment is to restore balance and comfort to the bite. This should also resolve symptoms that affect your quality of life.

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Acton TMJ disorder Treatment

The commonly used term “TMJ” is often referring to a temporomandibular disorder or TMD. This is the result of dysfunction in the temporomandibular joints. These joints connect the skull and the lower jaw. We use them every time we speak, eat, yawn, or any other time we open our mouths. They are one of the strongest and most used joints in our bodies. Because of this, the TMJ can become easily damaged. This occurs 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 TMJ Symptoms May Include:

  • Teeth grinding
  • Worn, flat teeth
  • Damaged teeth
  • Headaches
  • Ear pain, ringing in the ears
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Clicking sounds when eating or speaking

TMJ Treatment 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. The goal is to establish a healthy and stable oral foundation. In addition to oral appliances, we may incorporate orthodontics and other restorative treatments.

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TMJ Treatment & Symptoms

What is the most effective treatment for TMJ?

The most frequent remedy for TMJ symptoms is a bite guard. A bruxism mouthguard and a TMJ mouthguard are the two primary varieties of treatment for TMJ using a bite guard. Studies have shown that these can be extremely effective in treating and reducing TMJ symptoms.

Does TMJ go away with treatment?

Usually, minor TMJ discomfort will go away on its own. To stop or avoid future problems, anyone who exhibits any of the following TMJ symptoms should condor treatment: discomfort or tenderness at the temporomandibular joint, in the ear, or nearby that is ongoing or recurrent, as well as aching or discomfort when chewing.

How is TMJ diagnosed? 

TMJ is diagnosed by a thorough examination in a dental office. In our office, we use advanced imaging technology such as X-rays and MRI scans to diagnose TMJ. We also use symptoms and diagnostic testing to ensure that patients are experiencing TMJ disorder. The only way for TMJ to be diagnosed and treated is by a trained professional. 

How long does TMJ treatment take? 

The amount of time it takes to treat TMJ varies based on the severity of the condition and the treatment methods being used. Treatment times may also vary based on how an individual responds to treatment. Some patients’ TMJ may clear up with non-invasive treatment methods while others may benefit from surgical methods. We will outline each treatment method before beginning to determine which best meets your needs. 

Are there non-invasive options to treat TMJ?

There are a variety of non-invasive methods for treating TMJ. Stress relief techniques are a very common non-surgical method for treating TMJ. Medications may be prescribed to patients to relieve stress and reduce symptoms of TMJ. We also recommend that patients with TMJ refrain from chewing gum as it may cause flare-ups. 

What causes TMJ flare ups?

Painful symptoms may start as a result of trauma or injury to the jaw. Dehydration, vitamin D deficiency, hormonal fluctuations, and even bad posture are additional factors that could induce a TMJ flare-up.

Schedule A TMJ Consultation Today

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.