The temporomandibular joint, also known as the TMJ, is the hinge on each side of the head that connects the lower jaw to the skull. It controls all jaw movement, such as chewing and speaking. Someone who has a TMJ that doesn’t function properly or is out of alignment is known to have a disorder of the TMJ. Palm Beach Gardens dentist, Dr. Rudnick, is proud to offer treatment of TMJ disorders, freeing patients from their symptoms for a lifetime.
TMJ disorder can be a very painful and debilitating problem. When the area of the TMJ is out of alignment, it can cause symptoms throughout the entire body. Often, someone with TMJ disorder may complain of:
- Tension headaches or migraine headaches
- Sore face and jaw muscles
- Clicking and popping in the jaw
- Pain in the neck, shoulders and upper back
- Ringing in the ears
- Dizziness, or vertigo
- Tingling of the arms or fingertips
Many patients who suffer from the symptoms of TMJ disorder spend years of their lives seeking treatment from other professionals such as physicians and physical therapists. A lot of the time they may be offered medications or suggestions to treat the symptoms, but the underlying cause goes unnoticed.
Life-Changing TMJ Treatment in Palm Beach Gardens
Dr. Rudnick strives to treat the cause of TMJ disorder, rather than just the symptoms. This is done by putting the TMJ back into proper alignment through various methods dependent on your individual needs. The goal is to permanently free you from the aches and pains associated with the disorder, so that you can live your life in harmony.
Once you have been diagnosed with TMJ, Dr. Rudnick will discuss the various treatment options with you. Some of the most successful TMJ treatments include adjusting the bite, orthotics, orthodontics, and restoring the teeth to their correct positions. Once he has diagnosed your TMJ, he will determine your best course of treatment. Typically, treatment will involve the following:
- Relieve muscle pain and spasms
- Stabilize the bite
- Manage the bite long-term
Dr. Rudnick uses state-of-the-art technology to determine if your symptoms are caused by malocclusion (misaligned bite) and to find the optimal position for your jaw. He will use computerized muscle relaxing instruments (TENS Unit) to determine your correct bite, resting position and path of closure.
Living your life in comfort and well-being after suffering from TMJ disorder may be completely life-changing. If you experience any of the above symptoms of TMJ, Palm Beach Gardens TMJ dentist, Dr. Andrew Rudnick, can diagnose and treat this painful problem and place your bite in its optimal position. Please contact our office today to schedule your initial TMJ Treatment consultation in our Palm Beach Gardens dental office.
Dr. Rudnick has been providing comprehensive dentistry including treatment for TMJ in Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Wellington, and the surrounding areas for over 16 years.