Problems with the position of your jaw and the alignment of your bite can be extremely uncomfortable but Dr. Berbari is qualified and experienced to treat and to resolve occlusion disorder. TMJ (the temporomandibular joint) is the articulating joint we commonly refer to as the jaw, and occlusion refers to the position of the teeth with the jaw closed. Occlusion disorder refers to the problems and complications caused by misalignment or malfunction in the articulation of the jaw.
Dr. Berbari is certified to treat TMJ disorders. Technically speaking, the TMJ is a bilateral synovial articulation between the mandible and temporal bone. In plain language, it joins the jaw to the head and allows for the free movement of the jaw that we know and enjoy unless and until there is an imbalance in the functioning or coordination of the multiple planes involved.
Imbalance can lead to muscle spasm and pain. Symptoms of occlusion disorder include:
Contact us if any of these symptoms are affecting you. With Dr. Berbari’s expertise and experience, we will work together with you to identify articulation issues and the appropriate treatment to reduce, stabilize, or alleviate the problems. As required, we can use x-rays and/or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to explore and confirm diagnosis, care, and treatment, all of which we will explain to you.
When the biting surfaces of the teeth do not mesh harmoniously, we refer to an occlusion disorder, and several methods are available to provide relief, as well as to restore stability and harmony (occlusal equilibration). A minor adjustment can be accomplished with the aid of an occlusal splint, a removable mouthpiece. Other solutions include adjusting the surfaces of molars, bridges, and crowns. In the event of damage to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), surgery may be required.