It is estimated that there are millions of men, women and children who suffer from TMJ and many of whom have no idea that they are suffering from TMJ disorder. Jaw pain, neck pain, facial pain, migraines, and headaches are the common complaints from those associated with TMJ disorder. TMJ condition can worse with time if you do not seek proper care from a TMJ specialist.
There are many reasons why many dentists don't prefer to treat TMJ syndrome. One of the many reasons is because the temporomandibular joint is one of the most complex joints in the human body which is directly behind the ear. And when it is not aligned correctly it can cause more stress and swelling.
For many people, symptoms of TMJ occur only sometimes and don't last for long. But it is recommended that you make a diagnosis if you suspect that you are affected from TMJ. Also, it is suggested that you find a dentist who is certified/specialized in TMJ/facial pain. TMJ specialist will diagnose the TMJ disorders and provides you with the most progressive and comprehensive approaches to attain maximum satisfaction for the TMJ sufferers. A TMJ specialist will have to perform few testing in order to decide the precise treatment.
Use of Photograph: With the help of this test a TMJ specialist can check out if the ears, eyes, and posture are aligned properly.
X-Rays: Standard x-rays can be helpful to decide if the head and spine are correctly aligned. And with the help of complex x-rays, it will be easier to decide the jaw’s health in specific.
Joint vibrational analysis: This test can help in knowing temporomandibular joint’s health while a patient opens and closes his/her mouth.
Jaw tracker: Jaw tracker is the final test which reveals how fast the jaw opens and closes, also it determines how straight the mouth is when the patient opens and closes the mouth.
In the event that TJM syndrome is determined the first step by your TMJ specialist is to craft a custom mouthguard for the patient. The mouthguard is worn in the same way how other oral mouthguards are worn. This special appliance will realign the jaw and while the alignment is in progress it reduces the stress from ligaments, nerves, muscles and around the temporomandibular joint.
In some cases, a special mouthguard is crafted for the patients who should not only wear the guard when they go to bed but also during the course of the day. However, in other cases, a mouthguard is usually prescribed to be worn in the night.
Dr. Ferzli is a member of AACP (American Academy of Craniofacial Pain) and has received Diplomate with the ABCP (American Board of Craniofacial Pain). With the advancement in technology, he is proud to say that he will continue to serve the patients in Cary, NC with all the advantages of latest technology and treatments so that you attain the relief in the least time possible.
If you are unsure about your currently experiencing conditions are related to TMJ then feel free to contact us. TMJ syndrome is treatable and there is no need to worry much. With Dr. Ferzli, an initial evaluation of about 90 minutes will let you know if you are associated with TMJ disorder.
TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Raleigh-Durham