Find Relief from Discomfort with TMJ Treatment
The temporomandibular joints allow the jaw to open and close with ease. If any part is thrown out of alignment, a painful condition known as TMJ disorder can occur.
Dr. Andrew Mortensen provides TMJ treatment at our Fountain Valley, CA, office, using neuromuscular dentistry techniques to achieve the very best results.
How can treatment for TMJ disorder improve your quality of life?
TMJ Disorder Treatment
Because temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder does not always cause immediate pain or discomfort, it can be easy to put off seeking out professional care. However, treatment can:
- Restore the use of your jaw
- Allow you to sleep more fully and restfully
- Elevate concentration at work
- Improve chewing function
- Reduce teeth grinding
- Provide relief from jaw pain
- Restore bite balance
- Prevent damage to nerves in your jaw
Misalignment HAS WIDESPREAD EFFECTS
Symptoms & Causes
of TMJ Disorder
Individuals who suffer from TMJ disorder often experience:
- Radiating pain from the jaw
- Stiffness of the jaw muscles
- Limited range of motion or locking of the jaw
- Difficulty opening the jaw
- Worn teeth
There are multiple factors that can contribute to the development of TMJ disorder. Some of the more common ones include:
- Malocclusion (misalignment of the TMJs)
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Certain autoimmune-related conditions
Headaches & Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
Because there are so many factors that can contribute to headaches, especially increased stress, it is easy to overlook TMJ disorder as a potential cause and delay treatment. However, Dr. Mortensen has found time and again that there is an undeniable link between dental misalignment and chronic headaches. If you suffer from recurring headaches or even migraines, we can help you determine whether TMJ treatment could help alleviate your discomfort.
TMJ Disorder Is Much More Common In Women
Neuromuscular Dentistry: Our Unique Approach
Dr. Mortensen offers neuromuscular dentistry to treat teeth clenching, pain in the jaw joints, and other effects of temporomandibular joint disorder. Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on correcting a misaligned jaw.
The TMJs are very complex and many of our patients’ bites change over time as a natural part of the aging process. Multiple factors have to be considered when determining what might be causing a patient’s bite to feel “off.”
Some of the most important variables to consider include the:
Diagnosis & Treatment
The first step involves accurately determining what a patient's “physiologic rest position” is. To determine this ideal resting position of the jawbone is, Dr. Mortensen will use advanced 3-D digital x-rays and other advanced imaging technologies to carefully map your TMJs.
Once the rest position of the jaw is determined, Dr. Mortensen will develop a personalized treatment plan that will allow your jaw to reach the new position. Your treatments may include orthodontic work or the use of special mouthguards. Surgery is only recommended if non- and minimally invasive treatments have been proven ineffective. Our Fountain Valley dental clinic offers oral conscious sedation for patients who suffer from dental phobia.
Why Choose Us?
Due to the complexities of the jaw, TMJ disorder can be difficult to diagnose. Relying on a skilled and experienced dentist like Dr. Mortensen is critical to ensuring that your treatments are effective and minimally invasive. Dr. Mortensen has more than 30 years of experience. He has numerous professional affiliations and was voted “Best Dentist” in Orange County in 2010. He currently holds memberships with the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and Orange County Dental Society.