The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is susceptible to damage and can be painful when it no longer works as it should. TMJ or TMD (temporomandibular disorder) are common issues that cause headaches, jaw pain, toothaches and other symptoms. At Rolling Hills Dentistry, we can accurately diagnose TMD and offer general dental treatment to stop the pain and discomfort.
TMD can be caused by many issues. Misalignment of the bite is one issue, but the most common cause is teeth grinding or bruxism. Excess pressure on the jaw joint from repeated grinding or clenching of the teeth can damage the joint. This often occurs at night, making it difficult to control. TMD can result in many painful symptoms, including:
To treat TMD, often the best solution is prevention of further damage and allowing the joint to heal. A nightguard can prevent night teeth grinding and clenching that lead to TMD, stopping continuing wear on the jaw joint. The nightguard can also adjust the bite, helping relieve pressure on the jaw joint, giving relief and allowing healing to occur.
Dr. Blake Winokur at Rolling Hills Dentistry can examine your teeth and jaw joint through x-rays and a physical exam to determine if you have TMD. If there is damage to the teeth or jaw joint, he can prescribe a customized nightguard that will help reduce pressure on the jaw, protect your teeth from further damage and give you relief from your symptoms.
If you believe you may have bruxism or TMD, contact Rolling Hills Dentistry today to schedule an appointment. We can help stop the pain and damage caused by teeth grinding or TMD.