In addition to four years of dental school, oral and maxillofacial dental surgeons are required to complete a number of years of additional training. This advanced training and expertise allows them to diagnose and treat a variety of head, neck and jaw injuries. The following are just some of the treatments that oral and maxillofacial dental surgeons deal with on a regular basis:
The first step before treatment is to make sure you are not concerned about any damage or strain of TMJ. We'll check for common signs or warning sof TMD when you are infor your routine checkups. Additionally we use panoramic x-rays to make sure we have a full understanding of how your oral structures are interacting. Be aware of any of the following warning signs of TMD:
Occlusal Adjustment (also called Bite Adjustment Procedure) is the precise grinding or reshaping of the surfaces of your teeth, to develop and improve how the rest against each other. If your bite is not aligned properly, this can cause additional strain and discomfort on the jaw and supporting muscles. Your dentist can analyize your bite alignment, teeth structure, and determine if this procedure can help relieve jaw or neck pain.
Nightguards are a minimally invasive treatment option for TMJ. A night guard,( also known as an occlusal split, a bite guard, and a muscle relaxation appliance) which allows the user to sleep normally, without pain or discomfort. The nightguard prevents the teeth grinding during sleep.