and TMJ/TMD Treatment in Morgan City
Do you deal with almost daily headaches? Do you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth? Do you have constant upper body pain and jaw pain? You could be suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disease. This joint disorder, sometimes referred to as TMJ or TMD, is caused by an imbalance between the muscles, jaw joints and teeth, in other words, an incorrect bite. When this delicate system is out of alignment, it can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort. It can even cause tooth and jaw damage. But don’t despair. We can help you find relief.
What are the symptoms of TMD?
Sometimes the symptoms are severe, sometimes they are subtle, but if you experience any of the following indicators, you are probably suffering from TMD:
- Headaches or migraines
- Stiffness or soreness in the neck, shoulders and back
- Tingling of the fingertips
- Sensitive teeth
- Clenching or grinding
- Ear congestion
- Ringing in the ears
- Limited mouth opening
What can Dr. Birriel do to help me?
Dr. Jane Birriel is trained to reduce and even completely stop the pain of TMD. She uses the principles of Centric Relation to help relax your jaw muscles and move your bite back into its ideal position.
To accomplish this, Dr. Birriel uses a series of techniques to relieve your TMD symptoms. We start by reshaping your teeth to balance the biting surfaces and remove any unevenness or irritant such as an individual tooth, or part of a tooth, that is too high. After equilibration, we restore and replace any teeth that need it and take impressions for your own, custom made occlusal guard. This occlusal guard eliminates bite disharmony and protects your teeth from further damage.
Our treatments require no surgery and are so effective patients have told us that living without the pain of TMD or TMJ has changed their lives!