Have you been told that you grind your teeth in your sleep or do you suffer from jaw pain or headaches? You may have temporomandibular joint disorder, also referred to as TMJ or TMD. This disorder refers to stress and damage to the jaw joint that can cause severe pain, reducing your quality of life. Our team at Preston Sherry Dental Associates offers diagnosis and dental treatment for TMJ/TMD to reduce the pain and damage caused to your teeth from this disorder.
TMD can cause pain when you open and close your jaw due to damage to the joint. You also may hear a popping or clicking noise when chewing or opening your mouth. TMD can be caused by stress to the jaw joint, sometimes caused by grinding or clenching your teeth. Many people with TMJ complain of jaw pain, headaches and general mouth pain. They also can have damage to their teeth from the act of clenching or grinding their teeth, especially when they are sleeping.
Get an Accurate Diagnosis
To treat TMJ or TMD, you must first get an accurate diagnosis of the problem. Our dentists at Preston Sherry Dental Associates can perform tests and examinations to determine whether you are suffering from TMJ/TMD. If you do have this disorder, we can offer treatment options to reduce the pain and discomfort while protecting your teeth from further damage.
One common dental treatment for TMD is a customized appliance that you can wear at night to protect your teeth and jaw. These mouth guards are similar to guards used in sports to protect the teeth, but are designed to adjust your jaw alignment. Unlike mouth guards that you buy over-the-counter, these appliances are custom shaped for your jaw and teeth at our office.
You do not need to live with the pain of TMJ or TMD. Contact Preston Sherry Dental Associates today to schedule an examination and diagnosis. We can help you relieve your jaw pain, protect your teeth and improve the quality of your life.