Your Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is a very complex hinge joint. In mechanics, there are 3 classifications of hinges. Class 1(the best) think “teeter-totter, Class 2( mid level) think pliers, and Class 3(the worst): think tweezers and your TMJ. Class 3 hinges breakdown much faster then the other two.
During your comprehensive exam, I will evaluate your bite forces and its vectors(direction) upon your teeth and their impact on your TMJ as well as the rest of your mouth’s structures. The forces upon your teeth and TMJ are unique, therefore, your treatment requires unique-to-you design elements. Such as custom hard nightguards, occlusal equilibration (aka “bite balancing”), and/or orthodontic movement via Invisalign. As part of my integrative dental philosophy, I may suggest other treatment and prevention options. Such as chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy, as well as dietary and lifestyle modifications.
I personally suffer from moderate to severe TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder). It was undiagnosed for 30yrs! Not one dentist, even from my Dental school, diagnosed it. Only after I was certified in advanced TMJ diagnostics and treatments did I realize I had TMD. Unfortunately, I’ll eventually, require full joint replacement, with my jaw wired shut for 6weeks to fix the issues! In order to save you from this horrible fate, early detection, prevention, and treatment are key.