Clearwater dentist Dr. Natasha Radosavljevic has advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders. She has completed the Dawson Academy curriculum which focuses on the function of the bite and provides solutions for occlusal disease and bite problems. Dr. Rados can offer a more thorough and comprehensive approach to complex restorative dental problems associated with the bite using the Dawson principles of Complete Dentistry.
When left untreated, TMJ Disorders can contribute to facial pain, teeth grinding, headaches, earaches, worn or broken teeth, and other symptoms that can affect daily quality of life. Treating a TMJ disorder will not only improve your oral health but can alleviate discomfort and restore better bite function. Our personalized dental care is the foundation for a lasting outcome and a solution to your dental health concern that is sustainable.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
In almost all cases, a TMJ disorder will cause tooth wear over time and may contribute to tooth decay and/or (gum) disease. The pressure being placed upon the teeth due to teeth grinding, jaw clenching, and an uneven bite impact the integrity of tooth structure which leads to damage and decay.
Common TMJ Symptoms include:
- Teeth grinding or clenching, often characterized by tooth wear
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Limited mobility in the jaw
- Clicking or popping when opening or closing jaw
Treatment for TMJ Disorder
Every patient who visits our Clearwater, FL dentist office will receive a comprehensive evaluation that includes an evaluation of the TMJ, or the bite. Dr. Rados seeks to identify underlying dental problems such as TMJ that may affect long term results of any dentistry that you may receive. Your treatment may include one or more options, depending on your overall oral health condition and the severity of your symptoms.
TMJ Treatment can include:
- Occlusal equilibration, making changes to the fit of the bite by reshaping and/or removing tooth structure
- Splint therapy
- TMJ mouthguard