Do patients in Greenwood with TMJ/TMD concerns require oral appliance therapy or oral surgery?
Many oral surgeries are performed in Greenwood. Dr. Christopher T. Griffin believes in taking the most conservative approach to improving the health and wellness of the smile. If a treatment is not necessary, it will not be suggested. However, there are times when oral surgery may be needed such as the removal of impacted wisdom teeth. Patients with TMJ/TMD problems may not need to undergo surgical procedures to relieve themselves of the pain and discomfort caused by this condition.
Oral appliance therapy is often the treatment of choice for patients in the Greenwood area with TMJ/TMD. This condition is characterized by pain and discomfort of the jaw joint, and can be diagnosed with x-rays and a physical examination with Dr. Griffin. TMJ/TMD can cause damage to the natural tooth structures and may be the reason for broken or damaged restorations that often need to be replaced. When patients are dealing with this condition, oral appliance therapy is a conservative solution that relieves the problems related to the malfunction of the temporomandibular joint.
Oral appliance therapy uses a special plastic splint, also known as a bite guard, which is worn at night to protect the natural teeth from the clenching and grinding of the teeth. It can also relieve the pressure caused by the tightening of the temporomandibular joint and reduce headaches along with neck, shoulder, and jaw pain. This is the most conservative, affordable option for patients and it is suggested well before treatments such as oral surgery.
When patients are dealing with severe cases of TMJ/TMD, they may require oral surgery that helps in realigning the jaw. However, this is extreme and not often recommended until other solutions have been attempted. Dr. Christopher T. Griffin works with many patients who have suffered from TMJ disorders and is ready and willing to find the best, most affordable method of treatment to allow patients to regain their quality of life and experience pain-free days from here on out!