Are you bothered by a range of painful symptoms that just never seem to go away—symptoms like migraine headaches, earaches, or pain in your neck, temples, or shoulders?
If so, consider scheduling an appointment with Dr. Michel, as these are all signs that you may have temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD.
Caused by a misaligned bite, stress, or possibly other factors, TMD can seriously damage your smile if it’s left untreated. That’s the bad news. The good news is that it can be treated, and often with something as simple as oral appliance therapy.
Treating TMD with Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy involves, first of all, determining your optimal jaw alignment and, second of all, creating a custom-made oral appliance that will help correct that alignment.
How long you will need to wear your oral appliance and at what time of the day will depend on your own situation. In some cases, it may only be necessary to wear your oral appliance while you sleep. In other cases, you may need to wear it during the day, but only for a short amount of time. A consultation visit at our Topeka dental office should tell us all we need to know to get your treatment started.
If you think you may be suffering from symptoms of TMD, contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michel. We can answer any questions you might have, whether about TMD, TMJ therapy, or any of our preventive, cosmetic, and periodontal services.
We serve patients from Topkea, Emporia, Lawrence, Manhattan, and surrounding areas.