Dr. Cappy Sinclair provides comprehensive treatment options for patients suffering from TMJ pain and TMD disorders. The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects the upper and lower jaw and is responsible for the opening and closing of the mouth. TMJ disorder is the term used to define a wide variety of potential issues affecting the jaw joint, muscles in the face, neck, and surrounding nerves.
If you suffer from frequent headaches, facial pain, worn teeth or difficulty chewing, you may have a TMJ disorder. Often the result of an imbalance in the bite, TMJ can result in painful symptoms and compromise overall oral health. Common TMJ symptoms of a TMJ disorder can include:
- Frequent headaches or migraine headaches
- Shoulder, neck, facial, or jaw pain
- Clicking or popping when opening or closing jaw
- Locked jaw or limited mobility in the jaw joint
- Teeth clenching, teeth grinding, often accompanied by worn, chipped or broken teeth
- Pain around the ears or earaches
- Teeth grinding
TMJ Treatment Norfolk, VA
Dr. Sinclair will thoroughly evaluate your dental health at his Virginia Beach, VA dentist office. This will include the jaw joints and bite then he will recommend a TMJ treatment to address an imbalance, tooth damage, or painful symptoms. Treatment may include:
- Occlusal equilibration, making changes to the fit of the bite by reshaping and/or removing tooth structure
- Splint therapy
- TMJ Mouthguard
Depending on the severity of your symptoms or tooth damage, a combination of the above treatment options may be necessary to restore overall dental health and a comfortable, functional smile.
One of the most important tools we use in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ Disorders is the T-Scan, a digital bite analysis. Dr. Sinclair is among a handful of dentists near the Norfolk, VA area using this type of digital technology.
Digital Bite Analysis
The T-Scan measures both the force and timing of tooth contacts, allowing Dr. Sinclair to get a clear picture of your bite in just 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 was suitable for determining the order in which teeth make contact or their relative strength.