Experiencing Jaw Pain? You Might Be Suffering from TMJ Disorder. Call Now to Schedule Your Free Consultation!248-972-8720
Teeth Grinding & TMJ Treatments Prevent Pain And Protect Your Smile
Pain or soreness in your jaw and face make for a rude awakening in the morning. If you’re constantly dealing with these symptoms, it’s possible that you have TMJ disorder or suffer from bruxism, also known as teeth grinding.Dr. Newingham on TMJ and TMD Read Transcript
When patients come to us with TMJ problems, as everyone has heard it, it’s really TMJ is describing a joint. You have 2 TMJ joints, so it’s TMJs. Any sort of dysfunction you have with that, we call that TMD, tempomandibular dysfunction, and there are many, many kinds.
Our job and what we’ve been trained to do is diagnose what you’re dealing with. Sometimes there’s, in combination with that, you have a grinding issue or a bruxing issue, you may have heard someone say. We have the ways and the means to diagnose and figure out precisely what you’re dealing with, and then get the appropriate treatment.
There are all sorts of treatment for these problems, anywhere from a mouthpiece to physical therapy. We work with great physical therapists in the area. Anything we can do to get you back on track to where you’re chewing and eating the things that you like to chew and eat, and you’re avoiding damaging teeth or some of the teeth that you’ve spent a lot of money and time getting fixed. We don’t want you to break those because you have a grinding habit or if your jaw’s not aligned properly. Sometimes that’s all it is, is getting people right back to square one.
Some people have joints that aren’t as stable as most, and we have to put the teeth in position to help stabilize that jaw joint, or make appliances that help stabilize that jaw joint.
Sometimes people have a problem with their teeth, and it’s causing the jaw problem, so we have all of the educational background and expertise to diagnose that and figure out exactly how to get you back on track.
At Newingham Dental Center, Dr. Justin Newingham will find a solution to:
- Relieve your pain
- Prevent damage to your teeth and jaw
- Save you money that you might otherwise be spending on pain medication or restorative services for damaged teeth
- Help you more easily chew your food
Dr. Newingham always looks at surgery as a last resort, and we’ve found that we can often use less invasive options for TMJ treatment, such as oral appliances, to eliminate jaw pain and soreness.
Call 248-972-8720 today to schedule a free consultation at our Birmingham, MI dentist office.
Providing Custom Solutions To Relieve Your TMJ Pain
Dr. Newingham will first examine your mouth and jaw as well as take digital X-rays to identify the problem and its cause. If he finds your pain is related to your TMJ, he can provide relief by:
- Adjusting a failing dental crown or tooth filling that is altering your bite, which we can easily perform.
- Fitting you with a custom oral appliance to extend your jaw and correct your bite while you sleep. This will fix misalignment issues, as well as prevent you from grinding your teeth at night.
- Refer you to a trusted physical therapist in the area for beneficial therapy
- If necessary, we can also provide daytime mouthguards to prevent teeth grinding while you’re awake.
Determining The Cause Of TMJ Disorder
TMJ disorder is caused when there is misalignment, injury, or other issues with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This is the joint below your ears that connects your jaw to your skull. If you have a TMJ disorder, you may hear a clicking or popping sound when you move your jaw. Some of the causes may include:
- Teeth grinding and clenching
- Jaw injury/trauma to the jaw
- Misaligned bite
- Failing restorations
Call Today To Relieve Your Jaw Pain & Protect Your Smile