If you’ve been experiencing chronic jaw pain throughout the day or when you wake up, it could be a sign of a much larger problem with your jaw’s temporomandibular joints. These joints are responsible for all the complex movements your jaw makes. If disproportionate amounts of stress are applied to your jaw’s joints, it can cause chronic pain, headaches, migraines, and even neck, shoulder and upper back pain. Thankfully, our office offers multiple solutions to reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life fast.
In order to provide the most effective treatment, we need to perform a detailed examination of your jaw and its movements. Once we’ve determine exactly what is causing force on your jaw joints, we can create a treatment plan that targets these areas specifically. During your exam, we’ll take a close look at the way your bite comes together as well as any restorations you may currently have. Afterwards, we’ll provide our professional recommendation for treatment.
When we talk about equilibration and occlusal adjustments, we’re talking about taking a closer look at your individual teeth and making modifications where we see necessary to remove your jaw pain. In many cases, jaw pain caused by temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is directly tied to uneven restorations placed by previous dentists. Therefore, we may need to replace these restorations if they were not properly seated the first time around. Additionally, we may make minor modifications to your existing tooth enamel if needed.
Another common treatment for TMD is a custom-made occlusal splint, which works to shift the position of the jaw while sleeping. As an orthotic device, occlusal splints are ideal for people who grind their teeth at night or who have a history of dysfunction associated with their jaw, bite or joints. Each splint is made to fit your mouth exactly, which ensures that it feels comfortable and prevents you from both damaging your teeth and putting stress on your jaw.
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