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TMJ Treatment

TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint, which is the bone structure, muscles and connective tissues that surround the jaw and control chewing. When patients experience disorders of this joint, they are said to have a temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD. Symptoms of TMD include pain and tenderness near the jaw, as well as popping or clicking in the joint when speaking or chewing. There are many ways of treating TMJ disorders, ranging from non-invasive therapy and bite splints to injections or surgery. Left untreated, however, TMJ disorders can lead to headaches, muscle pain, malocclusion and tooth damage from grinding or clenching.

Did you know…

that TMD alone is not a disorder, but instead a collection of disorders that affect the temporomandibular joint? It is the second most common pain-causing musculoskeletal condition in the U.S. according to the U.S. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, as many as 12 percent of Americans may suffer from some type of TMD, with women twice as likely to be affected than men. But despite the prevalence and wide availability of treatment, only one out every three people with TMD fails to seek treatment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You will first need to be formally examined and diagnosed with TMJ disorder. You dentist will evaluate the extent of the condition and determine what course of treatment is best for you. Usually, the initial approach involves conservative treatments, such as self-care, physical therapy and bite guards. Medications may also be used to relax the jaw or relieve pain. Patients who do not respond to conservative treatments may be considered for surgery or joint injections.

TMJ treatment varies from patient to patient, so your experience may be very different than someone else’s. You’ll probably be asked to adopt certain lifestyle changes to help facilitate rehabilitation in your jaw. For example, you may be asked to avoid sudden jaw movements, such as yelling or yawning. You may also need to begin sleeping on your back and take steps to reduce your stress levels.

Your post-treatment care instructions will vary according to the type of treatment you receive. If you undergo an aggressive treatment, such as surgery, you may be temporarily subject to an all-liquid diet. You’ll also need to apply ice to the face to minimize swelling and also keep the surgical site clean and dry.

"The team at Viera Dental Design Studio takes the time to listen and provide you with the education to make an informed decision about your oral health."

Meet Dr. Brenna Kever, DDS

Raised in St. Augustine, FL, Dr. Kever attended the University of Central Florida where she majored in Microbiology and Molecular Biology with a minor in American Sign Language. She then attended dental school at LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans, LA. While in dental school, she spearheaded campus-wide involvement in the American Student Dental Association and was also active in volunteering and intramural sports.

Following graduation from dental school, she was accepted to a position at the Birmingham VA Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency. There she served veterans while furthering her clinical expertise in complex treatment planning, dental surgery, implant placement, and endodontics.

Aside from dentistry she and her husband enjoy cooking, kayaking, hiking, playing sports, and attending church regularly.

Our Treatment Options

At Viera Dental Design Studio, we offer a variety of treatment opinions. Our goal is to help you fit oral health into your life seamlessly. We work with you to create a treatment plan that works for you.

We offer family dentistry services to patients of all ages. We strive to provide a compassionate, friendly, and comprehensive dental experience while at Viera Dental Design Studio. We are fully transparent with our patients to properly educate and offer several treatment options for their needs.

We offer several treatment options to fit your needs. From extractions and root canals to a wide variety of cosmetic dental options, we never forget that there is a unique person attached to every tooth. We tailor our treatment to your desires while providing you with a complete range of options for your optimal health and well being.

Your smile is the first impression that others have of you, so it makes sense that you would want it to be bright, white and healthy. Dr. Kever is capable of transforming your smile’s shape, color, alignment, as well as filling in gaps and discreetly restoring decayed or damaged teeth. Modern advancements in cosmetic dentistry have made it possible for patients to achieve nearly perfect teeth with cosmetic enhancements and restorations that are virtually undetectable to friends, family and peers.

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