If you’re hearing clicking noises every time you chew or speak, there may be a problem in your jaw. The constant headaches and ringing in your ears can disrupt your entire day. Tryon Dentistry offers solutions that can relieve your jaw pain and help you feel good again!
What Is TMJ/TMD?
The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) connects your jawbone to your skull and allows your jaw to move for eating and speaking. TMD (TMJ dysfunction) occurs when this joint becomes damaged or inflamed.
Common symptoms of TMD:
- Clicking, cracking, or popping sounds in the jaw near the ears.
- Jaw pain or discomfort.
- Jaw or neck stiffness.
- Difficulty or pain when chewing, eating, or speaking.
- Headaches or migraines.
- Ringing or pain in ears.
Common causes and risk factors for TMD include:
- Head or face injury.
- Misaligned bite.
- Extensive dental work.
- Teeth grinding or clenching.
- Poor posture.
- Gum chewing.
- Wear from chewing and talking.
- Advancing age.
If you are experiencing symptoms of TMD, contact Tryon Dentistry for an evaluation and treatment.
Our TMJ/TMD Solutions
Tryon Dentistry offers two solutions to relieve your jaw pain associated with TMD.
Bite splint: Jaw pain can often be relieved or resolved entirely with an oral appliance that prevents teeth grinding or jaw clenching. It can be worn at night, or during the day if desired, to keep your jaw muscles relaxed, well-supported, and in proper position. Our bite splints are custom-made to comfortably fit over your upper or lower teeth.
Bite equilibration: Restoring a healthy bite can also effectively relieve jaw pain. Bite equilibration can balance your bite by reshaping the surface of your teeth. Good bite balance allows your muscles to keep the teeth supported with well-distributed pressure. This can relieve headaches and face strain caused by stress in the jaw joint.
Occlusal (Bite) Disease and the Jaw Joint
The teeth, jaw joints and certain muscles in the head and neck are major components of a very important system in the body called the “stomatognathic system. This system in the body is intended to work for a lifetime, pain free and with little damage, when all of the parts are working together. Headaches, pain in the jaw joints, noise in the jaw joints, teeth breaking, accelerated tooth wear, sensitive teeth, receding gums and many other symptoms are the result when the components of this system get out of balance. Your personal comfort, the quality of your life, the longevity of your teeth and dental restorations as well as the beauty of your smile are all put at risk by this disease that destroys the bite called “malocclusion”. This dental disease is often overlooked or ignored by patients and dentists alike because it is often painless and it generally progresses slowly over many years but it, nevertheless, can become irreversibly damaging to the jaw joints, very destructive to the teeth and very expensive to repair. Early diagnosis and treatment are the best way to prevent these dental health problems from progressing. If you are experiencing any of these signs or symptoms of “occlusal disease”, now is a good time to visit with the dentist. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an examination.