A delicate balance must exist for the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) to function smoothly. When harmonious conditions occur, these joints enable smooth, pain-free jaw motion. When thrown out of balance by stress, a misaligned bite, teeth grinding or trauma, dysfunction results.
As a skilled general dentist with advanced knowledge of the chewing system, Dr. Devlin remedies TMJ problems with non-surgical therapy. He studied the complexities of the oral system in-depth at the Dawson Academy, a training ground for dentists who take occlusion and TMJ dysfunction seriously. He’ll carefully evaluate your symptoms, which may include jaw-clicking, the inability to fully open and close your mouth, chronic headaches, low back pain and more, then construct a treatment plan to restore harmony.
To alleviate your TMJ-related pain, the doctor may recommend a custom oral appliance that holds the jaw in its ideal resting position to reduce stress and encourage balance. Rebuilding the surface of back teeth to restore ideal bite alignment is another treatment that benefits many patients. Your customized therapy will take into account your specific needs to regain comfortable function and stop your pain.