Dr. Gillespie will examine your TMJ for irregularities every time you come in for your regular 6-month exam, in order to detect signs of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
Your Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
The purpose of your TMJ is to allow your mouth to move both up and down and side to side. When it is properly aligned, your teeth meet in their optimal bite position, allowing for routine functions such as chewing and speaking to occur properly and without discomfort.
Normal TMJ function is essential not only for chewing and speaking, but for overall comfort in your jaw. When your TMJ is misaligned, you may experience headaches, extreme pain in the jaw, and ear or sinus infections. Your Silverdale dentist, Dr. Gillespie, can identify and treat these alignment issues so that you do not experience additional health concerns associated with TMD.
TMJ Disorder Treatments
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||Full mouth restoration may be best suited for patients whose TMD cannot be treated with traditional mouthguards, or who have cosmetic concerns as well.
To learn more about TMJ treatment and what Dr. Gillespie can do for your headaches and jaw pain, please call us at (360) 633-2377.