Have you been suffering from the pain associated with TMJ disorder? The clicking, locking, and soreness of the jaw are not just annoying but the headaches, earaches, and pressure are affecting your quality of life. While there may be no single cure for your TMD, your dentist in Kirkland Dr. Shawn Keller wants you to know about a possible treatment for TMJ disorder you may never have considered. Dental veneers.
Many people think veneers are done only for aesthetic reasons. But when you visit a neuromuscular dentist, he can not only make your smile look beautiful but also use veneers to eliminate the causes of your TMJ issues.
What Causes TMJ Disorders?
Your temporomandibular joint connects your jaw to the bones of your skull in front of each ear. This hinge allows you to move your jaw up and down and side to side. Since there are so many interconnected elements at work — bones, muscles, joints — it can be difficult to determine the exact cause of a TMJ disorder.
Some well-known causes of TMD include:
- Stress — may cause you to tense your jaw muscles
- Injury — a heavy blow may damage the joint
- Teeth grinding — puts pressure on your jaw joint
- Arthritis — degenerating of bones
- Misaligned bite — this is where it gets interesting!
A bad bite can cause scores of dental problems such as bone loss, cavities, tooth decay, cracked teeth, and eventually missing teeth. But many are not aware of the implications to their jaw and chewing muscles.
Evaluating Your Bite: Part of Treatment for TMJ Disorders
Tensed muscles and joints are one of the main causes of TMJ discomfort. The key is determining WHY your muscles and jaw are tense. As a neuromuscular dentist, Dr. Keller uses the most advanced dental technologies when evaluating potential problems and imbalances with your occlusion.
TecScan or T-Scan provides a 2D and 3D digital evaluation of your bite. The digital analysis shows problems that you feel but a dentist has difficulty identifying. You don’t have to tell Dr. Keller where to adjust or what is wrong. He can visualize the problems and identify the exact treatment required.
What does fixing your bite have to do with dental veneers?
At Smiles by Design, we use dental veneers to help open up your bite so your face and neck joints can work without tension. Not only are you left with a great smile, but the causes of your TMD may be eliminated permanently!
Watch this 1-minute video to see how Dr. Keller corrects the misaligned bite of an actual patient:
Seeking Help from a TMJ Dentist in Kirkland
The end to your jaw pain could be in sight. Imagine not only finding relief to your pain but at the same time enhancing your smile with porcelain veneers!
To treat and eliminate the root cause of your TMJ disorder, you need to visit a qualified dentist who specializes in the proper examination and diagnosis of the TMJ joint. After discussing your symptoms, Dr. Keller uses his years of experience and training to determine your natural jaw position in order to recommend an effective treatment for TMJ disorder. Learn more about how to we can help you identify and treat your TMJ disorder.
Schedule your complimentary consultation with a qualified TMJ dentist in Kirkland today and conquer your jaw pain!