A dentist trained in advanced neuromuscular diagnostics and dental technology can pinpoint the exact cause of your temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) and develop an effective custom treatment.
When you're ready to learn more about TMJ/TMD with Dr. Charles Janes, who trained at the esteemed Las Vegas Institute of Technology for Advanced Dental Studies, please contact Innovative Dental of St. Louis online or by telephone at 636-778-3355 to book your appointment.
Diagnosing TMJ Disorder
As part of your TMJ evaluation, Dr. Janes will take a CT scan of your mouth and jaw to determine the shape and function of your facial joints and muscles. He also has additional instructional aides including videos to help patients understand how their TMJ may have deteriorated, and how the dentist intends to correct the problem.
The most common causes of TMJ disorders include:
- Malocclusion, or missing teeth
- Bruxism, or chronic teeth grinding
- Arthritis or another degenerative disease
Your consult is also an opportunity for our St. Louis, Missouri dentist to better understand your TMJ symptoms as a way of developing a comprehensive view of your neuromuscular health.
How Do We Treat TMJ/TMD?
Since there are several factors that contribute to your TMD, there may be several ways to approach your treatment. Oftentimes, the best approach to curbing or curing TMD is multi-faceted and takes into account the quality of your jaw function at different times during your long-term care.
Some of the tactics that may be helpful during your TMJ treatment include:
- Dietary restrictions
- Jaw stretches
- Posture correction
- Custom orthodontic appliances
What's more, many of the tools and treatments that Dr. Janes employs for TMD patients also are useful to cosmetic and restorative dentistry patients because they can help to realign the teeth or jaw for better function and aesthetics.
If you think you might be suffering from dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ/TMD), or you have a loved one who may be struggling with this challenging and far-reaching neuromuscular issue, please contact Innovative Dental of St. Louis online or by telephone at 636-778-3355 to learn more about TMJ treatment with Dr. Janes.