Do you often wake up to headaches? Is your jaw sore or are your teeth sensitive? Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) may be to blame. TMJ disorder (TMD) is usually caused by a misaligned bite. This misalignment can make it difficult and even painful to chew, yawn, or talk comfortably. At Dad & Doc Dental, our dentists have a number of conservative treatment plans to help restore your jaw’s health and function, and relieve your pain.
TMJ Disorder Symptoms
If you’re experiencing any of the following, you could have problems with your temporomandibular joint, or your jaw joint.
- Pain or tenderness in the face and jaw area
- Clicking or popping noise when chewing
- Pain when opening jaw completely, or inability to do so
- Locking of jaw when opening or closing mouth
- More headaches than normal
- Tooth sensitivity
The team at Dad & Doc Dental can examine your face and jaw for potential TMJ issues. We will also check for bite issues that could be causing the problems, and we may take X-rays to help us diagnose the exact issues. If a problem with your jaw is detected, Dr. Swartz will discuss your treatment options with you.
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If our team determines that your TMJ is causing your pain or discomfort, we have conservative treatment options to help correct the issue and relieve your pain. For minor cases, often over-the-counter pain killers and cold compresses help relieve your discomfort.
If over-the-counter remedies do not help your pain, Dr. Swartz may recommend a nightguard to help stop teeth grinding and jaw clenching—two big reasons for TMJ pain. If a misaligned bite is the cause of your TMD, he may talk to you about orthodontic options to help straighten your teeth and realign your bite. In severe cases, dental work including implants, crowns, or bridges may be needed to help alleviate your symptoms.
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