COVID-19

Patient health and safety is always taken very seriously at our dental practice. Please know that we are vigilantly monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation and will continue to operate on a normal schedule for now, but these hours could change based on how this situation progresses within our community.

We are encouraging our employees to stay home if they are not feeling well or have been possibly exposed to someone who is ill. We are also asking our patients to do the same and please call to reschedule your appointment if you or a family member have any flu- or cold-like symptoms (i.e. fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, etc.) or have traveled out of the country within the past 30 days. We will continue to use the CDC- and OSHA-mandated cleaning and disinfection protocols in our treatment area utilizing a bactericidal, viricidal, fungicidal and tuberculocidal disinfectant that will kill the coronavirus. As an extra precaution to keep our patients and staff protected, we will have hand-sanitizer for you to use when you first come into our office.

We have also removed toys, magazines, video games, coffee and water stations, iPads, and computers from our waiting rooms to help prevent cross contamination. We would also like to limit family members in our waiting room and in our treatment areas so it would be helpful for everyone, except the patient and perhaps one family member if necessary, to wait in the car and provide a cell phone number so we can update you about the appointment by phone. For future updates, we encourage you to check out our Facebook or lnstagram pages.

The health and safety of our patients and our team is of utmost importance. We greatly appreciate your help and understanding with these temporary measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give our office a call.

TMJ disorder

TMJ Treatment

An imbalanced bite can trigger a range of problems as the jaw joints overcompensate in order to achieve a balanced resting position.

TMJ disorder treatment by a dentist can achieve the balance needed to stop inflammation, facial pain, headaches, and other symptoms.

What can TMJ treatment do for you?

TMJ disorder

How TMJ Treatment Can Help

Relief

Treatment can eradicate symptoms such as pain in and around the joint, clicking when opening and closing your mouth, a locked jaw, and headaches.

Long-Term Benefits

By realigning the jaw, your dentist can prevent long-term harm, such as worn teeth, increased vulnerability to tooth decay, and serious joint damage. It can also help you avoid the need for costly treatment of these conditions.

A Better Quality of Life

In the long run, TMJ treatment can improve your quality of life by relieving persistent and often debilitating symptoms that can compromise your mood and general wellbeing. 

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When in Doubt, Have It Checked Out

Unlike a toothache, the symptoms of TMJ disorder are often easy to dismiss as stress. In fact, stress is sometimes a major contributing factor. However, because pain and other symptoms are not always persistent, it might be tempting to delay making an appointment even if you think you are experiencing TMJ disorder. However, the longer you wait, the more damage the condition can cause. As with any health issue, the sooner it is addressed, the better.

Consultation and Diagnosis

During the initial consultation, your doctor will evaluate your case by asking about your symptoms, reviewing your medical history, and examining your bite. Often, the examination will involve x-rays that will allow your dentist to analyze the way in which your jaws meet. A cone beam scanner can help analyze the jaw joints themselves. If it is determined that malocclusion or other conditions are misaligning your bite in a way that strains the jaw joints, your dentist can recommend a number of treatment options. Otherwise, it may be necessary to refer you to a specialist.

TMJ Disorder Can Be Relieved Through:

Stress Management

Stress management can reduce teeth clenching and grinding during the day or night.

Custom Mouthguards

Custom mouthguards can prevent you from damaging your teeth while grinding during sleep.

Orthodontics

Orthodontics can align the jaws and allow the teeth to meet properly.

Prosthodontics

Prosthodontics such as dental crowns can restore a balanced bite.

Reshaping Teeth

Reshaping certain teeth can achieve a balanced bite and relieve tension in the TMJs.

BOTOX® Medical

BOTOX® Medical injections can relax strained jaw muscles.

Surgery

In serious cases and only as a last resor, surgery can repair the joints.

Relieve Pain and Protect Your Oral Health

TMJ disorder can take a considerable toll on your quality of life by causing severe ongoing discomfort. Those suffering from TMJ disorder often do not realize that a dentist can provide significant relief through treatment that helps your jaws meet properly. If you are experiencing facial pain, headaches, unexplained tingling in your extremities, or general jaw pain, book a dental exam today.

Dr. Steven Krendl

Colorado Dental Arts

Dr. Steven Krendl and the team at Colorado Dental Arts in Littleton, CO, offer comprehensive cosmetic, restorative, and family dentistry. We are proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • The Colorado Dental Association
  • The Metropolitan Denver Dental Society
  • Fellow at The International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Graduate of The Misch International Implant Institute

To make dental treatment as accessible as possible, we offer late-night and weekend appointments. Schedule a visit by contacting us online or calling (303) 978-9572.

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