A bite problem, or temporomandibular disorder (TMD), can not only be the cause of a range of painful symptoms, but can also compromise the results of dental treatments and procedures. Memphis dentist Dr. Elizabeth Lee has advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of problems related to your occlusion, or bite, and can provide treatment to relieve symptoms and restore oral health. A graduate of the Dawson Academy, Dr. Lee practices their philosophy of complete dentistry, taking into account all interactive aspects of your dental health: teeth, gums and jaw joints.
Often referred to as TMJ, a bite disorder can detrimentally affect your overall dental health and should be addressed to restore both comfort and function. Recognizing the common signs and symptoms of TMJ and discussing them when visiting our office can help us to provide the most effective treatment for your unique needs. They can include:
- Frequent headaches
- Ear pain or feeling of fullness
- Jaw pain or discomfort
- Difficulty chewing properly
- Worn or damaged teeth
- Teeth grinding and jaw clenching
Treatment for TMJ
Dr. Lee will recommend a personalized treatment plan after a thorough exam and diagnosis of a TMJ disorder. Treatment options will depend on the severity of your dental concern, possible tooth damage and an assessment of your overall lifestyle.
In some cases, reducing stress and improving relaxation and sleep can make a significant difference in the effects of teeth grinding. Dr. Lee frequently recommends the use of a mouth guard during sleep or stressful situations to prevent teeth grinding and help to position the jaw correctly.
Additional treatment options for TMJ can include:
- Restorative dental treatments: for patients with tooth damage, restorative dental treatments may be necessary to repair teeth and restore a comfortable bite. These can include dental crowns, dental veneers or tooth bonding.
- Orthodontics: if misaligned teeth are the cause of your bite problem, we may recommend orthodontic treatment to balance the bite.
Schedule A Consultation
If you have been experiencing any of the common symptoms of TMJ or have concerns about the fit of your bite, schedule an appointment with Dr. Lee in our Memphis dentist office. We welcome new patients and work with those suffering from fear of the dentist or dental anxiety.
The goal of your treatment for a TMJ disorder is to restore a comfortable, balanced and healthy bite for lasting dental health.