Receiving a Diagnosis
Determining the exact cause or causes of TMJ pain can be challenging, but it is the key to successful treatment. To arrive at a precise diagnosis, Dr. Gapuz, who is a graduate of the highly regarded Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, will conduct a thorough head and neck examination. He then takes into consideration his findings, along with the subjective symptoms that the patient describes. Using his specialized knowledge in neuromuscular dentistry, he can then determine the reasons for the patient's TMJ pain.
Treatment for TMD
A shift in the alignment of the TMJ can occur due to a variety of issues with tooth alignment, stress, body tension, and bone structure. Successful treatment of TMD takes all these factors into account and often combines several approaches for the best possible outcome. With his advanced training at LVI Global, Dr. Gapuz is especially suited to correctly diagnose TMD and provide the most effective, state-of-the-art treatments.
Because TMJ-related symptoms can vary so greatly, they are often misdiagnosed. Only a specially trained dentist can adequately evaluate the many signs and symptoms associated with TMJ disorders.
Full Mouth Reconstruction
Also known as full mouth rehabilitation or restoration, full mouth reconstruction restores all the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws through a combination of several procedures, including dental implants, bridges, and crowns. This option may be necessary if your teeth have been severely damaged or lost due to decay, severe wear, or injury.
Teeth grinding is a common symptom of TMD. Patients with this problem often receive a custom-made mouthguard to wear at night. This mouthguard helps reduce damage caused by nighttime grinding. Teeth grinding is a symptom of TMD, but can also occur as a result of TMD.