Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder (TMD) describes conditions that affect jaw muscles, temporomandibular joints, and nerves associated with chronic facial pain. Problems involving the TMJ are often attributed to a misaligned bite. When upper teeth do not meet properly to lower teeth, the strain on joints and muscles of the jaw, face, head and neck can lead to headaches, jaw pain, and even migraines.
Symptoms of TMJ disorders include:
• Frequent Headaches or Migraines
• Face or Neck Pain
• Painful Jaw Joints
• Chipped, Worn or Broken Teeth
• Grinding or Clenching
• Clicking or Popping Jaw
Because proper bite alignment is such an important component of comprehensive dentistry, Dr. Rich and Dr. Carmichael have advanced training on TMJ disorders using the latest techniques in this area.
Re-establishing proper occlusion for a patient’s teeth is the first step in allowing associated joints and muscles to work together in a balanced manner. They work with each patient on an individual basis to provide a treatment protocol that restores optimal harmony of muscles, teeth and joints.
If you have experienced sore jaw joints, frequent headaches or migraines, facial pain, or feel that you are grinding or clenching your teeth during sleep, call our office to learn the best way you can overcome this destructive problem. Treatment is often as simple as wearing a comfortable, custom-made mouth appliance during sleep.
Many patients have found they sleep peacefully and are pain-free after treatment, even those who’ve experienced years of debilitating symptoms. Don’t continue to suffer when the solution may be just a phone call away — (910) 254-4555.