Few dentists and physicians are trained and experienced at diagnosing and treating TMJ disorders. Dr. Cappy Sinclair of Coastal Cosmetic Dentistry in Virginia Beach has completed advanced post graduate training to learn the fundamentals of TMJ disorders as well as the latest techniques for treating this complex condition.
The chronic pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders can put significant limitations on your life. You deserve to look and feel your best.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD), commonly called TMJ disorder, is a broad term used to describe a wide range of symptoms. The symptoms for TMJ disorder vary greatly from one patient to another and often mask themselves or are similar to those of other medical conditions, making diagnosis extremely difficult.
If you can answer yes to any of these questions, you may have TMJ disorder
TMJ treatment is entirely dependent on the patient and their specific diagnosis. Dr. Sinclair offers a wide range of treatments from splint therapy and night guards to bite correction procedures.
Many of the symptoms of TMJ dysfunction are related to malocclusion, or a bad bite. If your teeth don't make proper contact, it can contribute to many other problems including tooth wear, headaches, facial pain and issues with the TMJ.
An oral appliance is a removable device that helps to keep the teeth and jaw in proper position during sleep and prevent teeth grinding or clenching. The oral appliance may be a splint, mouth guard or night guard. These devices can alleviate the most common symptoms of TMJ dysfunction and prevent potential problems such as tooth wear, tooth decay, and gum disease.
In addition, Dr. Sinclair is a skilled restorative and cosmetic dentist, enabling him to correct any damage that may have resulted from TMJ disorder. Teeth may be corrected with dental bonding, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, or other types of dental restorations.
One of the most important tools we use in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ Disorders is the T-Scan, digital bite analysis. Dr. Sinclair is among a handful of dentists in the Virginia Beach area using this type of digital technology.
The T-Scan measures both the force and timing of tooth contacts, allowing Dr. Sinclair to get a clear picture of your bite in jus seconds. You simply bite down on a wafer thin sensor and the digital software records the timing and force of the bite. The information is instantly sent to a computer to be analyzed and used in the diagnosis of bite problems and TMJ disorders.
Traditional methods for analyzing a patient’s bite were highly ineffective. Either the dentist relied on a visual assessment or used articulating paper to mark the location of tooth contacts. Neither of these methods were suitable for determining the order in which teeth make contact or their relative strength.