Dr. Cappy Sinclair of Coastal Cosmetic Dentistry near Chesapeake, VA offers comprehensive treatment options for patients suffering from TMJ Disorders, headaches, jaw pain and other TMJ related problems. He has completed advanced post graduate training to learn the fundamentals of TMJ disorders as well as the latest techniques for TMJ treatment. Dr. Sinclair is among a small group of medical professionals that are trained and experienced at diagnosing and treating TMJ disorders.
The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the joint that acts like a sliding hinge because it connects your jawbone to your skull. This joint is present on both sides of your jaw and is responsible for the opening and closing of the mouth. TMJ disorder, or TMD, is a catch all term for a wide variety of potential issues affecting the jaw joint, muscles in the face, neck, and surrounding nerves. TMJ disorder can cause some people a lot of pain in their jaw joints and the surrounding muscles.
The symptoms of TMJ disorder vary greatly from patient to patient. TMJ symptoms often mask themselves or are similar to those of other medical conditions, making diagnosis extremely difficult. TMJ pain can make daily living extremely hard. It’s important for you to seek care from Dr. Sinclair if you have any of these symptoms and especially if they are persistent.
TMJ disorders can be very complex which is why there is no one way to correct the problem. After a comprehensive oral examination and a T-Scan, Dr. Sinclair will make a diagnosis and treatment plan. Treatment options will depend on the severity of your dental concern, possible tooth damage and an assessment of your overall lifestyle. It could take one or several treatments to correct the instability and repair any damage to teeth or gums. Our goal is to treat TMJ by gently and naturally bringing the head, neck, jaw and bite into proper alignment.
A custom mouth guard or splint is often a conservative first step, used early in treatment and not needed as a long term solution. A dental split can be helpful to help identify a comfortable and stable bite position.
Bite correction 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.
In some cases, orthodontia to straighten misaligned teeth is recommended to restore balance to the bite. Dr. Sinclair offers Invisalign in his Chesapeake, VA dentist office.
Sometimes TMJ pain can relieved with a lifestyle change to reduce stress that could be triggering teeth grinding and jaw clenching.