Westfield area dentist offers treatments for TMJ

People who are experiencing symptoms such as chronic headaches and jaw pain may want to speak to Dr. Thomas C. Streko about a proper diagnosis for a condition known as TMJ disorder (TMD). TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, the joint that hinges the jaw together. This joint allows us to eat, speak, yawn, and laugh. When it becomes troublesome, it can result in pain and discomfort that many patients have trouble pinpointing. Dr. Thomas C. Streko of Westfield is a dentist who can help determine if patients are suffering from TMD and discuss possible treatments to address it.

A diagnosis of TMJ/TMD is done in the dental office. Dr. Thomas C. Streko may be able to diagnose the condition based on the alignment of the dental arch and bite, as well as signs of damage to the surrounding teeth. He may also learn more about the condition during a consultation with his patient. If patients complain of pain in the jaw and headaches along with shoulder and neck pain, this may indicate an issue with the joint. The condition not only affects the joints but can cause discomfort in the surrounding muscles. Having a dentist who understands neuromuscular science can be helpful in reaching a proper diagnosis.

Once patients have been diagnosed with TMJ disorder, they can then discuss treatment options. Treatment options vary depending on the severity of the condition. Mild cases may be addressed with the use of oral appliance therapy. This special mouth guard is worn to help in protecting the surrounding teeth and reduce pressure in the jaw. It is typically used at bedtime to help protect against bruxism, clenching and grinding of the teeth, which can cause substantial damage to enamel. Another option is orthodontic treatment to help realign the jaw. This can relieve patients of a lot of the pain and discomfort they associate with this condition while improving bite alignment.

If you live in or around the Westfield area and want to speak to a doctor who has a neuromuscular background and can assist with TMJ disorder, contact Dr. Thomas C. Streko today.