There are times when your jaw can be a little sore. If you spent all day talking, for example, you might have overworked your jaw joints. That can be normal. It’s not normal, however, to constantly feel pain in your jaw or have chronic headaches. Either symptom can be a sign that you are suffering from TMD. Come see Roseville, CA dentist Dr. David B. Miller DDS from Advanced Dental Concepts for TMJ Treatment today.
Your jaw has two joints on either side of your head. You use them whenever you open and close your mouth. These joints are called temporomandibular joints, or TMJ for short. When you chew, drink, or talk, you use your TMJ. As with any joint and its surrounding muscles, your TMJ can get sore and overworked. When that happens frequently, you may have temporomandibular disorder, or TMD for short. Because “TMJ” is one letter away from “TMD,” the two terms are often used to mean the same thing.
Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders may include:
Other common signs include noise when using your jaw (such as popping or clicking sounds), jaw pain, or jaw stiffness. TMD pain can radiate to other parts of your body, giving you pain in your neck, upper shoulders, or upper back. It can even cause chronic headaches and migraines. Even if you are not in pain, TMD can be contributing to insomnia, asymmetrical faces, and uneven wear on your teeth.
A condition related to TMD is bruxism, or the unconscious grinding of teeth. This often happens when you are asleep. Sometimes, TMD can cause bruxism. Other times, it’s the other way around — all of that grinding puts too much stress on your jaw joints and leads to TMD. Bruxism is a problem because it wears down the enamel on your teeth. This makes your teeth more susceptible to sensitivity and tooth decay.
At our Roseville, CA dentist office, we can help with both bruxism and TMD with our TMJ treatment. Dr. Miller is one of only a small number of dentists in the world who holds advanced standing with the four major TMJ organizations. He lectures on TMD and head/neck pain, and he trains yearly to stay current on research and treatments. That means he knows several ways to diagnose and treat your problem. One common treatment is anti-inflammatory medication, which can help your jaw relax so it can heal. Physical therapy can heal your injured jaw and associated muscles. Orthodontics and restorative work such as crowns can readjust your bite to provide relief. You may also benefit from a dental split, a small device you wear over your teeth that shifts your jaw enough to let it heal naturally.
If you are ready to end the jaw pain and headaches that come with TMD and bruxism, get a TMJ treatment. Call our Roseville, CA dentist, Dr. David B. Miller DDS today at 916-945-9985 or use our convenient online form.