What are My TMJ Treatment Options in Phoenix, AZ?
Do you or a loved experience jaw-popping when you speak or chew food? Is this jaw-popping sometimes painful, too? Do you hear and/or feel your jaw clicking whenever you open and close your mouth to speak or eat? If you experience any of these signs, you can benefit from our TMJ treatment options that we offer to our Phoenix, AZ patients.
Classic TMJ Symptoms
Dr. Smallwood of the Centre for Contemporary Dental Concepts has treated TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problems for several years with much success. If you experience TMJ classic signs, we will evaluate your symptoms to ensure that TMJ issues are present before treatment is initiated. Such classic TMJ symptoms include:
- Jaw clicking
- Jaw popping
- Jaw pain
- Pain when talking/eating/chewing
- Dull pain in the facial area
Having any of the above symptoms can be a nuisance during common behaviors (i.e. talking, chewing). If you do have TMJ, then we will offer you our TMJ treatment service—a custom-fitted NTI Night Guard.
The custom-fitted NTI Night Guard
Our dentist has expertise in evaluating jaw and muscular functioning, which is the basis for treating TMJ. Being evaluated and treated by a dentist can definitely appease and/or eliminate the painful episodes you experience.
The NTI Night Guard delivers pain relief to TMJ patients by utilizing cutting-edge technology to ensure that your jaw remains aligned during everyday tasks. Thus, when your jaw is properly aligned, you will not experience the painful, uncomfortable TMJ symptoms.
Wearing the NTI Night Guard corrects and monitors your jaw muscles coinciding with your jaw location. Examining these two facets, Dr. Smallwood will detect the exact position that the jaw must be located so that you are pain-free. Essentially, he can determine the jaw’s location where you will not experience pain.
The night guard keeps your jaw in this specific, pain-free location so it will not re-shift to its old location. Re-shifting to its old location would likely cause you pain once again. Taking advantage of our TMJ treatment service will result in avoiding TMJ symptoms. Now you can experience a normal bite that does not cause pain or discomfort!
After using the NTI Night Guard, we encourage you to schedule a few dental visits with us to monitor any adverse changes to your TMJ treatment(s). If you suffer from any of these TMJ symptoms, especially if it is on a regular basis, please come see our dentist Dr. Trent Smallwood today.
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