If you experience jaw pain, eating, sleeping, and even talking can create constant discomfort. Millions of Americans suffer from jaw disorders often referred to as TMJ or TMJD. Temporomandibular joint disorder refers to a number of conditions affecting the health, comfort, and function of your jaw joints and surrounding muscles.
Symptoms of TMJD
Symptoms of TMJD can feel subtle or severe depending on how far your condition has progressed. Symptoms may even come and go depending on certain lifestyle factors such as alcohol use, medication, clenching, grinding, and stress. The most common symptoms of TMJD include:
- Jaw pain
- Facial swelling
- Clicking, popping, or grinding joints
- Tooth sensitivity
- Gum recession
- Neck aches
- Shoulder pain
- Worn teeth
- Broken or cracked teeth
If you experience any of these symptoms, you will benefit from an evaluation at Mountain Shadows Dental, formerly known as Aesthetic Dental Center, located in Firestone, CO. Dr. Tony Lere has completed additional specialized training at the prestigious Dawson Academy in order to provide patients just like you with relief from TMJD.
The good news is that treatment for TMJD is often non-invasive and highly effective. We will start with a thorough evaluation of your jaw joints, muscles, teeth, and occlusion (how your teeth come together). Once Dr. Lere makes a diagnosis, he can recommend the treatment that will provide you with the most relief.
While treatment for TMJD includes many different modalities, some of the most common are:
Occlusal splints – These specially designed bite splints help your jaw relax and move into a more comfortable and orthopedically beneficial position. This allows your joints and surrounding muscles to heal and reduces many of the symptoms associated with TMJD. The type of splint that will work for you depends upon your unique needs.
Occlusal equilibration – During this highly specialized treatment, Dr. Lere makes tiny adjustments to the surfaces of your teeth, allowing your jaw to permanently rest in its most ideal position and providing a permanent solution to TMJD.
Other treatment such as surgery or orthodontics might also benefit you, depending on your particular needs. Dr. Lere can provide you with a complete treatment plan outlining the best options to help you get back on track to good jaw health and comfort. Failure to treat your condition can result in further deterioration of your joints, pain, and worn or fractured teeth.
Do You Have Jaw Pain?
Call our Firestone, CO dental office to schedule an evaluation with our highly skilled, compassionate dental team. We look forward to helping you live a healthier, more comfortable lifestyle by finding the right solution to treat your jaw pain.