Do you suffer from jaw pain and tension, headaches or have difficulty chewing comfortably?
These symptoms can often be caused by a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), commonly called TMJ and the result of an imbalance or dysfunction in the bite. While an uneven or uncomfortable bite may bring you in to see the dentist for treatment, chronic headaches and neck or jaw pain are also signs of TMJ that often go undiagnosed and untreated. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, come in for a consultation with Dr. Tracey Hughes in our Louisville, CO dentist office.
Dr. Hughes can offer the compassionate, personalized dental care that you desire in a state of the art office. Our team strives to ensure your comfort when you visit with us, taking the time to get to know you and understand your unique concerns related to your oral health. TMJ related disorders can impact both oral health and overall well being, sometimes affecting your daily quality of life. Discussing your lifestyle habits, health history and any medical conditions or concerns you may have will enable us to develop a more comprehensive understanding of your unique risk factors for both common and complex dental concerns.
Treating TMJ in Louisville CO
Dr. Hughes will evaluate the condition of your oral health. looking for any tooth damage or evidence of teeth grinding, a common symptom of TMJ related disorders. Worn teeth, receding gums, and jaw clicking or popping are evidence of a bite problem that can lead to permanent damage and even tooth loss. Your personalized treatment recommendations will restore your long term dental health and repair or realign as needed for a comfortable bite. The goal of treating TMJ is to enable the jaw to move comfortably and naturally as a result of teeth that make proper contact.
Treatment may include:
- Mouth guard/night guard: the use of a custom mouth guard is the conservative approach and often the first step in treating the symptoms of TMJ, including teeth grinding.
- Restorative dentistry: to address damage or imbalances in the bite, Dr. Hughes may recommend a range of restorative treatments.
- Orthodontics: if malocclusion is the underlying cause of a TMJ disorder, orthodontic treatment may be the best solution. Dr. Hughes offers invisible braces for teens and adults for convenient, discreet care.
Schedule A Visit
If you are concerned about the health and comfort of your bite or have noticed your teeth appear flat or worn, schedule a visit with Dr. Hughes. We welcome new patients and provide a comforting, relaxed office environment. Our Louisville dentist office serves the Boulder area, including Erie, Lafayette, Superior and Broomfield.