Every year millions of people are afflicted with temporomandibular disorder (TMJ) in the U.S. Yet, only a few ever receive a qualified diagnosis, much less proper treatment for this incredibly painful condition. Here at W Paul Burns DDS, Dr. Paul Burns and his team are experts in treating TMJ pain and finding solutions to help patients live a more pain-free life.
TMJ represents the joints that allow your jaw to function correctly. While most joints in our body move in only one direction (like our knee and elbow joints), TMJs move in several directions, such as back and forth, up and down, and even side to side. This versatility makes them among the most complex joints in the human body. It also means that they are under incredible stress daily while we do everyday things such as chewing food. The problem is also exaggerated by bad habits such as grinding or clenching our teeth. Due to the level of activity, leading to pain and discomfort. Here are a few common TMJ disorder symptoms to look for:
To treat TMJ, Dr. Burns and his team first need to learn the root cause behind your TMJ diagnosis. In a few cases, the patient just needs to make simple lifestyle changes, such as avoiding chewing hard foods or objects, correcting their posture, and using a nightguard device. Nightguards protect the sensitive joints and teeth should they grind or clench their teeth while sleeping.
However, there are other cases where Dr. Burns may discover anatomical problems or an imbalance in the way your muscles, joints, and teeth are aligned, causing your TMJ issues. In such cases, he would employ bio-rejuvenation dentistry to help you resolve TMJ symptoms by bringing your whole mouth into better balance, alignment, and function.
Best of all, this specialized approach is a natural, non-invasive way to treat your TMJ pain while providing aesthetic benefits to restore your smile.
TMJ isn’t something you have to suffer any longer. Contact W Paul Burns DDS to schedule your appointment to see Dr. Burns. You won’t regret it. You can call us at (870) 686-4232 or visit our office at 105 W. Fifth St., El Dorado, AR 71730.