March 10, 2023
Living with a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder can affect your quality of life in many ways. Clicking, popping, and grating sensations when moving your jaw are only a few symptoms of a TMJ disorder. You may have difficulty opening or closing your mouth. Your jaw can even lock into an opened or closed position. Often, home remedies can improve jaw pain and stiffness, but sometimes they aren’t enough. Your dentist can provide the solutions you need to treat your symptoms and improve your jaw’s function, but how long will it take to see results? Every case differs, but here’s what you can expect on the road ahead.
An occlusal adjustment is a simple procedure used to improve your bite. Your dentist will remove a small amount of enamel to better the relationship between the upper and lower teeth. They may use composite resin to build up certain parts of your teeth to achieve the best results. Although it alters your teeth, it doesn’t harm their health.
The minimally invasive treatment relieves pressure off your TMJs by allowing your jaw to rest in a more comfortable position. Many patients see their symptoms improve within 6 weeks; however, not all will be resolved at once. It’s a gradual process that can take 3-6 months to reach complete relief. Although it may take some time, you can’t put a price on a life that’s free of jaw pain.
An occlusal splint is one of the most common solutions for TMJ therapy. The customized oral appliance provides your jaw with support and also trains it to rest in a more natural position. It can also be used to treat bruxism, which can trigger TMJ symptoms. It will provide a protective barrier between your upper and lower teeth. Depending on your treatment plan, your dentist may recommend wearing the appliance at all times, while others may only need it at night.
You may need to wear the device for several weeks to many months. It will take time for your treatment to work, but you’ll reduce your symptoms and safeguard your smile with a little patience. Many people see an improvement in just 6 weeks with the best improvement reached after 3-6 months.
Invest in Lasting Relief with TMJ Therapy
If you’re ready to restore your quality of life, it’s time to invest in the benefits of TMJ therapy. Your dentist will examine your mouth and oral structures to determine which treatment will meet your needs. They’ll explain exactly what you can expect along the way and what you can do to ensure there aren’t any delays in the process, like eating soft foods and practicing stress-relieving exercises.
About Dr. David R. Lloyd
Dr. Lloyd achieved his dental degree at Emory University School of Dentistry and has regularly continued his education in the latest oral health and cosmetic dentistry advancements. He is a proud member of many professional organizations, including the Florida Dental Association and the American Dental Association. Request an appointment through our website or call (386) 267-4907.
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