Pain Should Not Be Ignored
Could You Have a TMJ disorder and Not Know It?
If you wake every morning with a stiff jaw, pain in your neck or headaches, you owe it to yourself to find out if you could have a TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) is a condition that affects the jaw joint and can cause serious discomfort, as well as dental problems.
Sound familiar? You could have a TMJ disorder. Without proper diagnosis and treatment, you could experience increased pain, grinding the tops of your back teeth to the point of decay or cracking, and reduce your overall quality of life.
We provide comprehensive care for all our patients who have TMJ pain. Please contact us now at Waterside Dental for your initial visit.
Many people overlook common symptoms of TMD, such as:
- A stiff jaw
- A jaw that sticks when the mouth is open
- A jaw that makes clicking sounds
- Regular tooth grinding (bruxism)
- A painful jaw
- Headaches, especially in the morning
- Neck, back and shoulder pain that seems to radiate from the jaw
- Pain in the ear
- A feeling that the teeth do not “fit” together
Tooth Grinding Can Be an Indicator of TMD
One of the most overlooked symptoms of a TMJ disorder is tooth grinding, or bruxism. Tooth grinding usually occurs during the night, and begins to wear down the enamel of your molars. Over time, the pressure of tooth grinding puts stress on the teeth.
Usually, dentists notice tooth grinding because it creates other problems, such as progressive decay and tooth damage.
Complete TMJ Treatment Options
Dr. Kiwan applies over 20 years of training to provide exceptional, safe and proven TMD treatment options including:
This non-invasive process involves smoothing out the tops of the molars manually to create a more natural bite. Often, a misaligned bite triggers both tooth grinding and TMD. By helping your teeth fit together, Dr. Kiwan can reduce the stressors on your jaw joint.
Appliances can be made specifically for you to wear at night. These nightguards keep your jaw in a neutral position, allowing you to comfortably sleep without grinding your teeth or stressing your jaw joint.
In some cases, orthodontic treatment can also be used to alleviate problems associated with your TMJ disorder.