Dr. Broome is a part of an elite group of 250 dentists worldwide who have completed a rigorous post-doctoral curriculum and earned accreditation as a practitioner of Rejuvenation dentistry. Rejuvenation dentistry is a comprehensive approach to treating bite and jaw problems and facial pain.
The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are a pair of small joints that connect the lower jaw (the mandible) to the skull. They are located just in front of the ears and are used for chewing, talking, and other mouth movements.
The temporomandibular joint is unique because it allows the jaw to move in three dimensions: up and down, side to side, and forward and backward. It acts like a ball and socket joint. This makes it one of the most complex joints in the body. TMJ disorders can cause several problems, including pain, clicking or popping sounds when moving the jaw, and difficulty opening or closing the mouth.
Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a condition that affects the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement. TMD can cause chronic jaw pain and uncomfortable symptoms in the surrounding muscles. Clicking or popping sounds is a common symptom when the jaw moves.
Rejuvenation dentistry focuses on restoring the teeth and mouth, driven by function rather than aesthetics. Our dentist can perform several rejuvenation procedures, ranging from simple teeth shaping to more complex dental implants. Rejuvenation dentistry can help to improve both the functionality of the teeth and jaw and their overall health. As a result, patients who undergo rejuvenation procedures often have increased confidence and self-esteem.
For TMJ/TMD, restorative dentistry focuses more on the chewing system of the jaw and how it functions. The process involves stabilizing the jaw joints and relaxing the jaw muscles, and it doesn’t wear down your natural teeth.
Patients who undergo restorative dentistry see many benefits, including esthetics, improved function, comfort, and long-lasting dental health. Our dental team can help relieve your jaw pain and get you back to normal with several treatment options. So schedule an appointment with us today and see what we can do for you.
Mouthguards have long been used to protect teeth from injury during sports, but they can also be effective in helping to treat TMJ pain. If you are struggling with pain related to TMJ dysfunction, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists to talk about getting a custom-made mouthguard. A night guard is worn while sleeping and will help stabilize the jaw, put the top and bottom teeth in a healthy position, relax the facial muscles, and reduce stress on the TMJ joints. It will help prevent teeth grinding and clenching in your sleep and is a very effective treatment.