The temporomandibular joints that hinge the human jaw are very sophisticated and encompass several different structures, muscles, connective tissues, and cartilage. When a patient experiencing distress, discomfort, or dysfunction in one or both of these joints, it is often associated with the term TMJ disorder.
This oral health condition can arise from a myriad of different sources. This might include a past dislocation, inflammation from chronic night grinding, or a past oral trauma that was not successfully treated.
The first step in developing a treatment plan is often simple and relies on your patient to make some minor alterations to specific lifestyle choices. This could include sleeping with a dental guard in their mouth, eating soft foods and self-administered facial massage.
If these measures fail to provide them with symptom relief, they will require more extensive care, possibly including medications or invasive procedures.
Here at the Advanced Prosthetics Institute, our training programs developed by Dr. Jason Campbell can help you to identify the underlying cause of TMJ disorder and the applicable treatment strategy needed to provide them with long term relief.
This could include reading an MRI image to notice minute defects in the temporomandibular joints or understanding the benefits of treatments like acupuncture or the use of a stabilization splint. Once you have completed your training, you will be more knowledgeable and better prepared to help new patients suffering with TMJ disorder.
If you are an oral health care provider interested in advanced training in Biofunctional Disorders in dentistry, you should call 928-776-0239 to speak to explore the opportunities offered by the Advanced Prosthetics Institute in Prescott, Arizona.