Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and Agoura Hills, CA
Did you know that approximately 10 percent of patients who go to see an ear, nose, or throat (ENT) specialist due to ear pain, tinnitus, or ear congestion actually have nothing wrong with their ears whatsoever? That is according to data compiled by ENT specialists themselves. Instead, that pain stems from temporomandibular joint disorder. Known as TMJ or TMD, this disorder affects the alignment of the bite or jaw and can affect overall health in significant ways.
Perhaps you are experiencing ear pain, stuffiness or ringing in the ears. Maybe you have gone to see an ENT specialist, only to find that the results of your ear examination are normal. In that case, it is likely that TMJ can be the cause of your discomfort. However, keep in mind that only a skilled dentist can accurately diagnose a case of TMJ.
A neuromuscular dentist, like the ones at Integrative Dental Arts, is the best solution to diagnose and resolve a potential case of TMJ. Neuromuscular dentistry is a specialty of the dental field that can solve any problems related to bite alignment and alleviate the pain that comes from health issues associated with TMJ. Keep in mind that not all dentists practice with a focus on neuromuscular dentistry. This type of approach can only be learned from extensive post-graduate learning.
Neuromuscular dentists can treat TMJ with an oral appliance. This is an oral appliance that is custom made to place the jaw and bite in the most ideal and comfortable alignment. Rather than manage the symptoms associated with TMJ through high-powered and potentially addictive pain medication, the use of a neuromuscular orthotic provides a natural, non-pharmaceutical remedy.
It can take up to several months for the orthotic to reposition the jaw and bite and resolve the issues of TMJ, but when the orthotic is used correctly, patients experience an improvement in symptoms in as little as one month.
To get started, we have you come in and meet with us at our Agoura Hills office. We will ask you a series of questions regarding your condition, and take a thorough assessment of your oral health and jaw alignment. If it is determined that an oral appliance is the best solution for your TMJ, we will proceed with taking impressions of your mouth, which are used to fabricate the customized oral appliance. In some cases, we may recommend restorative dentistry to replace or repair broken or missing teeth, which can have a significant impact on the alignment of your bite. For extreme cases, surgery may be the best solution.
TMJ Treatment in Agoura Hills
If you are suffering from severe ear pain, TMJ could be the cause. Contact Integrative Dental Arts at (818) 889-0400 to schedule an appointment. We will use special diagnostic equipment to determine your ideal bite and devise the most effective treatment plan for your specific case of TMJ. You do not have to suffer any longer; there is a solution to your pain!
Integrative Dental Arts welcomes patients from Agoura Hills and Westlake Village, California.