When patients are experiencing symptoms such as tooth sensitivity, jaw pain, clicking, or increased ear infections, they may be dealing with TMJ disorder. Patients in the San Marcos area who have TMJ disorder can get a proper diagnosis from their dentist at Sun Smile Dental Group. The condition affects many Americans but can be treated appropriately once properly diagnosed.
What is TMJ disorder?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. This is the jaw joint that allows the mouth to open and close. When it is dysfunctional, it is called TMJ disorder. TMJ disorder can be diagnosed by a dentist when patients describe their symptoms. Sometimes, the dentist may notice signs during an examination, which may lead to a diagnosis. This includes poor bite alignment, the inability to open the jaw fully, and wear and tear on the teeth from bruxism (clenching and grinding).
What treatment options are available?
There are two treatment options available that may be suggested by the team of Sun Smile Dental Group. They include orthodontics and Niti mouth guard therapy. A consultation appointment helps patients decide which is best for their situation.
Addressing TMJ disorder in San Marcos, CA
The team of Sun Smile Dental Group work closely with San Marcos, California area patients to help them decide on the best possible treatment for TMJ disorder when it has been properly diagnosed. We encourage patients to learn more about the condition and how they can improve it. Whether patients choose to use the Niti mouth guard or require orthodontic treatment, we can help. Call us today at (760) 744-1300 or visit our practice conveniently located at 1582 West San Marcos Boulevard, Suite 201 in the Westview Plaza. We can educate patients on temporomandibular joint disorder and give them the knowledge they need to choose an effective treatment.
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