You’re a busy teacher and you’ve had pain in your jaw for longer than you’d like to admit – it’s stopped you from chewing gum, and sometimes, you even have to take a break from lecturing your class at Estero High School at times. Things have gotten out of hand, though, lately – the other night, your jaw was locked in place for about a half hour, and it hurt. You need TMJ treatment in Bonita Springs, FL but who can you trust to end your pain? The team at Pelican Landing Dental has the expertise in correcting this jaw dysfunction. Learn about TMJD in this post, as well as how your dentist in Bonita Springs, FL can end your pain.
What IS TMJD?
Dr. Rich Gilbert, Dr. Lacy Gilbert, and Dr. Genevieve Garris explain that TMJ disorders (TMJD) are any number of problems that occur involving the temporomandibular joint. Issues with this hinge joint that connects your jaw to your skull can lead to pain in areas surrounding your jaw when the condition isn’t treated. This condition affects over 10 million people, and the symptoms include:
- Pain or tenderness in your jaw
- Pain in the face, neck, shoulders
- Pain when chewing, speaking, or opening your mouth wide
- The jaw becomes stuck in an open or closed-mouth position
- Clicking, popping, grating sounds
- Fatigue in your facial muscles
- Trouble chewing
- Painful bite changes
- Swelling on the side of your face
What Causes TMJD?
TMJD is caused by the following conditions:
- Whiplash from a car or general accident
- Grinding or clenching your teeth
- Jaw injury
- Movement of the disc between the joint
- Arthritis in the joint
- Stress, since this can cause you to grind or clench your jaw/face
How Can Pelican Landing Dental Treat My TMJD?
If you have TMJD, you don’t have to suffer anymore – our team can treat your pain and address the underlying cause with the following methods:
- In mild and moderate cases, we can adjust the biting surfaces of your teeth which will positively impact the way your jaw fits together.
- In more serious cases, we can use braces or occlusal splints to correct the jaw issue.
- If the case is extreme, surgery may be required to correct the problem as a long-term solution.
- If your TMJD is caused by grinding your teeth at night, we can correct this with a comfortable nightguard.
When you work with us, we’ll develop and individualized treatment plan to address the underlying cause of your TMJD after performing advanced diagnostic testing to get a close look at your jaw. We’ll make sure that you get the long-term relief you need.
Now that you know what TMJD is, what causes it, and how we can treat it, schedule your appointment with Pelican Landing Dental today – will take the pain away!