TMJ/TMD Treatment in Fort Loramie, OH

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The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is the joint where your jaw connects to your skull to enable you to open your jaw smoothly. Sometimes, the temporomandibular joint is injured or damaged, resulting in a debilitating condition known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction or disorder (TMD). If you're experiencing pain or hearing sounds when you move your jaw, then schedule a consultation with Dr. Dawne Slabach to see if you have TMD. At our office, Fort Loramie Dental Center in Fort Loramie, OH, Dr. Slabach utilizes advanced tools to examine and care for your TMD to ease painful symptoms. Your TMJ treatment will be based on the cause of your TMD and your particular condition, but a few options include oral appliances (day and/or night guards), bite alteration, dental restorations, and more.

To help diagnose a temporomandibular dysfunction, Dr. Slabach will carefully listen to and understand your concerns before a physical examination. During the exam, she will assess how your jaw moves and look for signs of misalignment, clenching, and teeth grinding. She will also palpate the jaw and lower face for swelling and tenderness. Dr. Slabach may order digital x-rays of your jaw joints or an analysis of your bite to look for underlying factors that could determine your therapy approach. Depending on the examination, she will review your treatment options that could incorporate bite splints, orthodontics, or restorative dentistry (crowns, bridges, and dentures).

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Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain makes it tough to eat, talk, and enjoy your day-to-day life. Since there are many possible causes, signs, and remedies for temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), please schedule a consultation with Dr. Dawne Slabach at her office in Fort Loramie, OH. She will perform a detailed examination before diagnosing the problem and discussing treatment options. Get in touch with our Fort Loramie Dental Center staff to learn more and make an appointment.

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How can I manage TMD symptoms at home while undergoing treatment?

While undergoing TMJ treatment, there are several strategies Dr. Slabach may recommend to help manage your symptoms at home. These can include practicing stress reduction techniques to minimize jaw clenching, applying ice or moist heat to reduce pain and swelling, and eating soft foods to minimize jaw strain. Additionally, jaw exercises that promote relaxation and flexibility may be suggested.

Are there any lifestyle changes I should consider to help with my TMD?

Lifestyle changes that may be recommended include avoiding hard, chewy, or sticky foods that require excessive jaw movement, practicing good posture to reduce neck and jaw tension, and implementing relaxation techniques to minimize stress-induced jaw clenching. Additionally, being mindful of jaw movements, such as avoiding gum chewing and teeth grinding, can significantly impact the management of TMJ symptoms. 

What should I do if my TMJ symptoms worsen during treatment?

If your TMJ symptoms worsen during your treatment, it's crucial to contact Dr.  Slabach immediately. Worsening symptoms could indicate the need to adjust your treatment plan or explore additional therapeutic options. Dr. Slabach and her team are committed to providing effective relief. We will reassess your condition to determine the most appropriate next steps, which may include modifying your current therapy, introducing new treatment modalities, or further diagnostic testing to get to the root of the issue. 

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