Did you know that jaw pain and headaches can be linked to a chronic dental issue?
Most patients don’t know that some of their symptoms can be linked to a bite disorder called TMD. TMD is a disorder that affects the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which allows the jaw to function properly. When there is stress on the temporomandibular joint, it may cause uncomfortable symptoms like orofacial pain, earaches, jaw pain, and even headaches. At Integrated Dental Arts in Greeley, CO, Dr. Melvin Benson, and Dr. Jacob Dunham offer a range of treatments to help alleviate symptoms associated with TMJ disorder and restore function back to your smile. Dr. Benson and Dr. Dunham have extensive training and knowledge about identifying and treating patients with TMJ disorder. To ensure a healthy, functional smile, we focus on treating any underlying issues that may be the cause of your TMJ disorder. By getting to the root of the problem, we can create a strong, stable foundation for your treatment. If you are experiencing any symptoms associated with TMJ disorder, contact our Greeley, CO dentist office for the care you need.
Symptoms Of TMJ Disorder
Understanding the symptoms of TMJ disorder can help patients know when to visit their dentist. Although we encourage our patients to visit our office biannual for routine preventive care exams, we understand that many patients don’t visit the dentist until there is a problem present. Routine preventive exams are put in place to allow our dentist to thoroughly examine your mouth, teeth, gums, and joints for any signs of complex dental problems. Catching complex dental problems early gives your dentist the best chance of finding an effective solution to treat your smile. However, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we suggest you schedule an appointment at our Greeley, CO dental office to get the treatment you need.
- Headaches (especially in the morning)
- Jaw pain
- Popping or clicking sound when moving the jaw
- Soreness or pain in the face, neck, and shoulders
Treating TMJ Disorder
Dr. Benson and Dr. Dunham take the time to plan a treatment that addresses your dental needs. Your treatment will address any underlying dental issues, as well as alleviate any symptoms associated with TMJ disorder. Depending on your needs, we may suggest one or more of these treatment options:
- Mouthguard: If your TMJ disorder is a result of teeth grinding, we may suggest a mouthguard to protect your teeth while you sleep. Teeth grinding can result in worn and uneven teeth. A mouthguard can help reposition the teeth to prevent teeth grinding.
- Orthodontics: Orthodontic may be a valuable solution for patients with misaligned or crooked teeth. To alleviate stress on the TMJ, orthodontics can be an excellent solution to eliminate uncomfortable and painful symptoms.
- Restorative Dentistry: We may suggest dental crowns or dental bonding to correct damaged teeth. The goal is to alleviate stress on the TMJ, which may be causing painful symptoms.