TMJ Therapy in Glendale, AZ
Glendale General Dentist Providing TMJ Therapy.
When you visit Arrowhead Foothills Dentistry for an examination, Dr. Steele may notice unusual wear and tear on the tops of your teeth, where the upper and lower rows meet. This could be a sign of bruxism, also known as grinding or clenching teeth at night. This grinding can put stress on your joints, leading to TMJ dysfunction. The TMJ, or temporomandibular joints, are the delicate bones on either side of your face which hinge your lower jaw to your head. These take the brunt of the force when you chew, bite, and even yawn. Those with TMJ disorder will habitually clench or grind their teeth as they sleep, and can wreak a lot of damage to their entire mouth. Dr. Steele uses TMJ therapy to protect his patients from complications with night grinding. Call our Glendale practice if you believe that you’re in need of preventive treatment.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
- Worn teeth
- Clicking or popping in the jaw
- Tension in the neck and shoulders
Using Tekscan equipment, Dr. Steele can first examine your occlusion, or how your teeth touch as you bite down. Precisely examining your bite is important because the way your bite forms can affect your TMJ, and how the Arrowhead Foothills Dentistry team can plan your TMJ therapy. Our Glendale team frequently uses this technology to accurately identify the presence of this disorder, so contact us if you think that you may benefit from TMJ therapy.
Dr. Steele uses the NTI-tss splint to provide TMJ therapy to his patients. This device keeps the jaw in its optimal position as during sleep, and prevents wearers from grinding and clenching throughout the night. This form of TMJ therapy has been proven to combat the effect of bruxism more effectively than normal nightguards, and was originally developed to prevent frequent headaches. Dr. Steele can discuss the pros and cons of utilizing this unique system with you during your appointment, or when he initially spots the first indicators of your TMJ disorder. We’ll fit you for the NTI-tss to ensure a custom fit, and to ensure your comfort. With this help, you’ll be able to regain your restful slumber.
Please call us today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Steele sees TMJ therapy patients from Glendale, North Scottsdale, Deer Valley Village, Avondale, Phoenix, Peoria, and other Arizona communities. For those unfamiliar with Arrowhead Foothills Dentistry, please take a moment to review the information on our new patients page. Get the relief you deserve with TMJ therapy from Dr. Steele.