The foundation of your smile, your jaws are held together by a joint, your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. Located on either side of your head just under each ear, these joints are what allow you to eat, speak, and laugh. For those with a TMJ disorder, these commonplace functions can become painful or nearly impossible.
We want to ease your jaw pain and allow you to live your life without soreness, popping, or migraines. That’s why we offer lasting TMJ treatment in Derry, NH that considers more than your TMJ, but how this joint and the muscles surrounding it affect other parts of your mouth and your body as well. Drs. Erik and Karen Young offer more than dental care; they consider the whole patient with every treatment plan they develop. After an in-depth consultation and evaluation, they’ll work with you to determine what the best solution is to treat the root cause of your discomfort, and prevent it from reoccurring in the future. Find out if your symptoms are signs of a TMJ disorder and learn how we can restore comfort and confidence to your jaw, and your life.
Following examinations, diagnostics, and discussions between you and our experienced team, Drs. Young will develop your custom treatment plan. Each solution we recommend will consider not only improving the health of your TMJ, but your overall health as well. Frequently, we’ve seen that minimally invasive solutions like occlusal adjustments and orthodontics can have lasting and positive outcomes!
Teeth that don’t come together harmoniously can cause a misaligned bite. As your teeth search for proper alignment, you may start to grind or clench. Teeth grinding, or bruxism, can wear down your teeth and open your mouth up to infection. But considering the bigger picture, it can also lead to unnecessary stress and strain on your TMJ which can radiate to your neck and back. An occlusal adjustment modifies particular areas on your tooth surfaces to realign your bite and relax your joints.
Misaligned teeth can trigger bruxism and TMJ pain. When more is needed than an occlusal adjustment, we also use orthodontics to restore the alignment and balance between your upper and lower teeth. Not only will orthodontics resolve your TMJ issues and eliminate bruxism, but if you use clear aligners like Invisalign®, the process of perfecting your smile will be esthetically pleasing as well.
Contact us today to see how we can help.