TMJ Treatment for Those in Tampa, Brandon, Spring Hill, Riverview, Dade City & Nearby Cities
Jaw pain is an extremely common issue. Many people can feel tenseness in their jaw, and this can be due to many reasons such as clenching their jaw, grinding their teeth, arthritis or other factors. It’s usually not easy to determine if there is a larger underlying problem occurring, but thankfully, our dentists here at Dental Associates of Florida are proficient in determining what is causing your pain. Should you be diagnosed with TMJ, our dentist may conclude that TMJ treatment is necessary. TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, can cause pain, whether or not you are using your jaw. It can also inhibit your motion and affect the muscles around your jawbone. During your dentist checkup, one of our dentists will evaluate your jaw and its range of motion and ask you questions regarding your pain and discomfort.
TMJ treatment is not always necessary, but if your dentist recommends it during your dentist checkup, your pain will be greatly eliminated by heeding their advice. Sometimes, TMJ may go away or lessen over time. Speaking with a professional about pain management may help alleviate mild discomfort in the meantime.
TMJ treatment options vary. Different treatment avenues include:
- Treatment by medication – Through use of select medications, pain can be treated, as needed, with pain relievers, anti-flammatories or muscle relaxants.
- Therapy options – Physical therapy or splints made for the mouth will strengthen muscles near the jaw.
- Surgery – In severe cases, surgical procedures may be recommended. A surgical TMJ treatment can vary from injections to minimally invasive procedures, addressing and resolving your pain can be solved more permanently through surgery.
While there are ways to self-manage your TMJ-related pain, speaking with a professional at your next dentist checkup is imperative. Your dentist will take into consideration your lifestyle, current oral health state and pain severity when determining a treatment plan unique to you and your specific needs. If TMJ treatment is necessary, he or she will proved you with any next steps to achieving a pain-free life.
Taking control of your pain and oral health is simple at Dental Associates of Florida. We offer affordable and competitive pricing options and financing for those who qualify. We are also proud to serve those in Tampa, Brandon, Spring Hill, Riverview, Dade City and nearby cities, so contact us today to schedule a dentist checkup and determine if you are a candidate for TMJ treatment.