Headaches, jaw pain, difficulty chewing, teeth grinding: these are just a few of the common signs and symptoms of a TMJ disorder. Tahoe area dentist Dr. Don Reid is nationally recognized for his expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of bite problems, often called “TMJ”, which is an acronym for the temporomandibular joint (the jaw joint).
Truckee, CA dentist Dr. Don Reid has pioneered treatment techniques that can help restore your dental health and alleviate your painful symptoms, using advanced technology to evaluate and realign your bite. The goal of treatment is to identify the underlying cause of your bite disorder, not just address symptoms. This is an important difference in our comprehensive approach, and is the key to helping you enjoy a lasting comfortable bite.
TMJ and related disorders are commonly misdiagnosed (and under diagnosed), leading to complex dental problems that recur because the underlying occlusal disease is not treated. Dr. Reid takes a comprehensive approach to all of your dental care and evaluates the function of your bite during routine exams or before any dental treatment. This ensures that any dentistry you receive at Tahoe Dental Artistry will support both a functional bite and lasting dental health.
Common Signs of TMJ Disorders
There are many symptoms of a bite disorder that can go undiagnosed because patients don’t realize the connection between their pain or discomfort and their oral health. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, discuss them with Dr. Reid at your next visit to Tahoe Dental Artistry or make an appointment.
Proper diagnosis and treatment can restore your smile- and daily quality of life.
- Headaches, sinus pain
- Jaw and/or neck pain
- Ear pain, stuffiness or hearing loss
- Difficulty opening, closing the jaw
- Clicking or popping jaw
- Locked jaw
- Numbness or tingling in the arms or fingers
Diagnosing TMJ: What to Expect
Dr. Reid may notice the signs of a bite problem during routine dental exams, such as worn or damaged teeth.
In addition to an exam and diagnostic x-rays, Dr. Reid uses a digital scanning device to measure the force of your bite on each individual tooth. T-Scan® is a hand held tool that will provide accurate, digital information when you bite down on it, enabling Dr. Reid to pinpoint where there are imbalances that need to be addressed.
Once your bite is analyzed, Dr. Reid will recommend appropriate treatment for your unique needs. We will always advocate the most conservative options to improve your dental health and will discuss all possible solutions for your consideration.
TMJ Treatment Options
The goal of your treatment for a TMJ disorder is to relieve any pain or discomfort you are experiencing and to restore a functional, comfortable smile.
Treatment options for TMJ disorders can include:
- Mouthguard or splint therapy: a custom mouth guard or dental splint is often a conservative first step, used early in treatment and not intended as a long term solution. A dental split can be helpful to help identify a comfortable and stable bite position for further correction with restorative dentistry.
- Bite correction: bite correction. also known as occlusal equilibration, is designed to bring the teeth into proper contact through restorative dental treatments. This allows the jaw to open and close in its proper position and eliminates stress on the jaw joints (TMJ).
- Orthodontics: if crooked or misaligned teeth are the cause of your bite problem, Dr. Reid may recommend orthodontics to restore balance to the bite. We offer invisible braces for straightening your teeth and addressing TMJ related concerns.
Schedule a Consultation
Are you looking for a dentist office that offers TMJ treatment in Lake Tahoe, CA and Truckee, CA? Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Donald Reid at Dental Artistry if you think you may be suffering from TMJ disorder. He will perform a thorough exam and discuss your medical history to identify the underlying cause in order to recommend appropriate, lasting treatment. To schedule your appointment, contact our dentist office at (530) 206-0392 or use our online request form and we will contact you shortly.