Does your jaw hurt every time you move it? Do you experience headaches every day and don’t know why? Is your neck sore even as you’re reading this? All of these symptoms could be the result of a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder or TMD. This concerns the set of hinges that attach your lower jaw to the rest of your head. For people dealing with this kind of problem, Dr. Redmond is able to both diagnose and treat them here in Sylacauga so patients are able to achieve long-term relief.
The TMJ is a delicate network of bones, muscles, ligaments, and nerves all working together, so there are many reasons why someone may be experiencing problems with the joint. Typically, the most common are stress, injury, unconscious teeth grinding, and a misaligned bite. Dr. Redmond can examine the joint using X-rays to identify the root cause of a patient’s discomfort and use this information to formulate a personalized treatment plan.
When the teeth don’t fit together correctly, this can place a lot of pressure on the TMJ, leading to stiffness, pain, and dysfunction in the joint. The best way to get rid of this is to rebalance the bite, which is exactly what an occlusal adjustment does. By reshaping a few key teeth and building up others with restorations, Dr. Redmond can give a patient an even bite that is functional, and best of all, completely pain-free.
As we touched on above, a TMD can often be the result of bruxism, or unconscious teeth grinding. This often occurs only while a person is asleep, making it an extremely difficult habit to break. With an occlusal splint, however, Dr. Redmond can prevent the grinding and reorient the TMJ into a more natural and comfortable position. It is a custom-made mouthpiece that a patient only has to wear to bed, and after using one consistently for a few months, the patient should be able to go about their day without any symptoms.