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TMJ Treatment


Model skull with TMJ disorder at dentist office in Vancouver, WA.Here at Oasis Dental in Vancouver, WA we want all of our patients to live happy and rewarding lives. It can be hard to feel happy when you are constantly dealing with nagging pain or discomfort, which is what many TMJ sufferers have to deal with every day. Fortunately, we offer treatment for those who suffer from TMJD, also known as temporomandibular joint disorder! TMJD describes a constant or recurring pain or discomfort in the jaw that can arise for a wide variety of reasons. We will examine your jaw and mouth for irregularities during your normal comprehensive exams and cleanings to detect signs of TMJ.

What is the temporomandibular joint?


The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is the joint that allows the lower jaw to have such incredible mobility. It’s a very complex joint because of all of the different ways that it allows us to move our lower jaw. We can move our jaw forward and backward, side to side, and up and down – that’s a great deal of range of motion for a joint. Ideally, the jaw will be at rest where the teeth fit together the best. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case.

How does TMJD arise?


There are so many issues that can lead to TMJ disorder that it's quite impressive that it doesn’t happen more often. Consider how the teeth in your mouth fit together. It's a very intricate, three-dimensional puzzle that has a very small margin of error. If one of your teeth is out of place or lost, it can easily lead to the rest of the teeth not fitting together correctly. When your teeth stop fitting together correctly, that’s when TMJD issues happen. Some of the most common reasons that TMJD arises are:
•  Losing a tooth and not replacing it
•  Frequently clenching your teeth either while you are awake or asleep
•  Grinding your teeth
•  Jaw Injury
•  Arthritis
•  Genetics
•  Misalignment of teeth

TMJD can occur for a wide variety of reasons, and we are prepared to handle them all!

How is TMJD treated?


We have several methods that we use to treat TMJ disorders.

One of the most popular ways to treat TMJ disorder is with a custom mouthguard that we craft for you. We take some impressions of your mouth and use them to create a rigid, long-lasting mouthguard that you wear at night while you sleep. TMJ mouthguards help to stabilize your jaw while you sleep, the benefits of which carry over into the day and help to give you significant relief from the pain and discomfort that is often associated with TMJ disorders.

Full mouth restoration is another method that we use to treat TMJ disorders. If we believe that you won’t have satisfactory results with a custom mouthguard, we may suggest full mouth reconstruction to bring your jaw and teeth into the proper alignment and give you relief from your TMJ symptoms permanently.

If you have questions or concerns about your TMJD, please give us a call today at (360) 836-1100, and we will be happy to help you!
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Matthew Aldridge, DMD
Oasis Dental
16500 SE 15th St, Suite 180
Vancouver, WA 98683 MAP

(360) 836-1100

Office Hours:
Monday: 8am–5:30pm
Tuesday: 8am–8pm
Wednesday: 7am–8pm
Thursday: 7am–3pm

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