TMJ Treatment An Overview
Jaw pain, discomfort when chewing, worn teeth and frequent headaches are a few of the common symptoms of a temporomandibular disorder or TMD. Commonly called TMJ, a temporomandibular disorder can be the result of a range of factors affecting the function of the bite.
A Dawson Academy trained dentist, Dr. Durning Moore can offer patients the benefit of experienced diagnostic care for the treatment of a TMD. Taking a comprehensive approach that includes an evaluation of jaw joint health and function, Dr. Moore works with you to diagnose the underlying cause of your TMJ symptoms. This enables him to diagnose and treat bite disorders with personalized, effective dental care.
Teeth grinding and TMJ
Many patients who have a bite disorder or TMD also grind their teeth. Bruxism can often be the result of a bite that does not allow the teeth to make proper contact, leading to increasing tension in the jaw joints. Common signs of teeth grinding can include:
- Worn teeth, teeth that appear flat
- Cracked teeth
- Changes in the fit or comfort of the bite
- Head, neck or ear pain, especially in the morning
Dr. Moore looks for the signs of teeth grinding and TMJ during routine dental visits with the goal of offering early intervention to help patients avoid complex problems and damage.
What causes TMJ?
A bite disorder or TMJ can be caused by a number of factors:
- Structural imbalance in the fit of the bite, jaw joints
- Crooked teeth, malocclusion
- Stress induced teeth grinding or jaw clenching
- Lifestyle habits
Treating TMJ can minimize or eliminate uncomfortable symptoms and stabilize your long term dental health. A bite that feels good, functions naturally and allows the teeth to make proper contact minimizes the risk for tooth damage, gum disease, and jaw joint tension.