If you're dealing with frequent temporomandibular joint pain, stiffness, or discomfort, you may wonder which specialist you should see to get some relief. Can your general doctor help you or should you talk to a dentist?
A lot of people don't know that a prosthodontist can help diagnose and treat TMJ/TMD conditions. A prosthodontist, such as the ones you can find at Advanced Dentistry of Mount Pleasant, is a dentist who specializes in treating dental and facial problems that can affect the jaw structure.
With that in mind, here's how a prosthodontist can help and why you should reach out to one.
TMD or temporomandibular joint disorder refers to dysfunctions that affect the temporomandibular joint. The temporomandibular joints are located on each side of your face and connect your jawbone to your skull. They play an important role in helping you move your jaw and perform routine actions like chewing or speaking.
When the temporomandibular joint is affected, you may experience symptoms such as:
Often, an injury can lead to TMD. But, trauma isn't the only reason. A lot of people can develop TMD because of problems such as:
As we said, a prosthodontist is a type of dentist who specializes in jaw structure problems. As such, they have the best knowledge and experience to diagnose your TMD, identify the cause, and recommend the most appropriate treatment for your specific problem.
A prosthodontist will also help you find the treatment that will help you in the long term, not just provide quick relief. That's crucial as there is no known cure for TMD, just different types of treatments that can help you manage your symptoms.
Some of these treatments may include:
If you are looking for a specialist who can help you achieve long-term relief and better manage your TMD, then you can trust the team at Advanced Dentistry of Mount Pleasant to find the right treatment.
Reach out to us online to book your appointment.