Your Pain Free Bioesthetic TMD Dentist in Burlington
As an athlete, experiencing temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) can significantly impact your performance:
TMD refers to a group of disorders that affect the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and the muscles that control the function of your jaw and chewing system.
Common symptoms include jaw pain, clicking or popping sounds when opening or closing your mouth, headaches, earaches/ringing of the ears/hearing loss and even lock jaw.
TMD can also be a sign of an airway challenge. When we have an airway challenge at night, it causes us to clench and/or grind – which will negatively impact our TMJs. This apnea is innately an issue with our airway collapsing, often because it’s small. Our airway significantly effects our athletic performance!
Fortunately, Chittenden Dental can help athletes with TMD issues AND can help with the airway: this combination can significantly improve your athletic level.
Dr. Mike Morris and Bioesthetic Dentistry
Dr. Mike Morris has years of experience in dentistry and is a bioesthetic dentist. Bioesthetic dentistry is a unique approach that focuses on achieving harmony between the airway, jaw joints, teeth, nerves and muscles in the most biological way. Dr. Morris uses bioesthetic principles to diagnose and treat TMD issues, ensuring that athletes can perform at their best.
The Importance of Bioesthetic Dentistry for Athletes
Athletes put their bodies through rigorous training and performance, which can lead to various physical injuries.
TMD can be a significant concern for athletes, as it can affect their ability to perform at their best.
TMD can also cause pain and discomfort, which can negatively impact an athlete’s quality of life. Bioesthetic dentistry can help athletes with TMD issues by addressing the underlying causes of the disorder.
Airway health is a primary goal of Bioesthetic dentistry. The airway behind the mouth and nose is the most susceptible to collapse, due to the multiple functions this area controls: breathing, talking and swallowing. Bioesthetic dentistry takes this all into account for a comprehensive and accurate diagnosis and treatment plan for every athlete.
Sports and Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Issues
There are many sports that put athletes at risk for TMD issues. Contact sports such as football, rugby, and boxing can cause blunt force trauma to the jaw, leading to TMD.
Athletes who play sports that require repetitive motions, such as tennis, golf, and baseball, are also at risk of developing TMD. Bioesthetic dentistry can help athletes who experience TMD due to sports-related injuries or repetitive motions.
Treating TMD with Bioesthetic Dentistry
Bioesthetic dentistry uses a comprehensive approach to diagnose and treat TMD. Dr. Morris will conduct a thorough examination of your jaw joints, teeth, and muscles to determine the underlying cause of your TMD. He will then create a customized treatment plan to address your specific needs.
Some of the treatments that Dr. Morris may recommend include:
Orthotics: Custom-made orthotics can help align your jaw joints, improve your airway and relieve pressure on your muscles, joints and bones.
Bite rejuvenation: Dr. Morris can treat your bite to ensure that your teeth come together correctly in an orthopedically stable way.
Restorative dentistry: If your TMD is due to missing or damaged teeth, Dr. Morris may recommend restorative dentistry procedures such as dental implants, crowns.
Orthodontics: Treatment such as expanders and Invisalign can be used to improve your airway and bite, to unleash the best athlete you can be.
Bioesthetic Dentistry for TMD in Burlington
If you are an athlete experiencing temporomandibular joint issues, do not hesitate to contact Chittenden Dental and schedule an appointment. Bioesthetic dentistry can help you get back to performing at your best and living a pain-free life.