Jaw discomfort and pain can interfere with daily life. If you have a misaligned bite or a teeth grinding habit, we encourage you to see one of our doctors for an evaluation. Patients who are getting restorative work, such as dental crowns or dental implants, need to be especially mindful about any bite problems and issues with the jaw. We are here to help identify TMJ disorders and provide treatment that can help to restore your jaw health and stop the pain.
One of the most noticeable symptoms of TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) is difficulty chewing or a feeling of tenderness or soreness around the jaw and neck. Other symptoms include:
One of the most common causes of TMD is a teeth grinding habit. Since grinding the teeth (bruxism) can wear down the teeth, you may end up with problems with your bite and jaw pain. Some of the other causes of TMJ pain include:
There is no single cure for TMD but there are several treatment options that can help reduce symptoms and restore your jaw health. Correcting the bite is always a high priority. If you are getting dental implants or restorative work like crowns and veneers, it’s even more important to work with a dentist that understands occlusion.
Breaking a teeth grinding or clenching habit is one of the most effective ways to reduce jaw damage. Our doctors may recommend wearing an oral appliance over your teeth to prevent teeth grinding. Other treatment options may include stretching the jaw muscles regularly, relaxation exercises to reduce muscle tension, and medication to relieve pain.
An occlusal adjustment (bite adjustment) can help some people suffering from bite problems. Jaw joint surgery is usually reserved for only serious cases.
Dentist in Brevard, NC Discusses the Importance of Understanding Occlusion.