Everyday problems cause some individuals to respond by clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth.
Daily commuting, work problems, or an overpacked schedule are some persistent culprits.
Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can cause or complicate a painful condition called TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. TMD is often mistakenly called ‘TMJ,’ the acronym for temporomandibular joint.
Your jaw is able to open and close thanks to many muscles and the intricate temporomandibular joints. These joints allow for strength and fluid motion as you chew, speak, and yawn.
Damage to these vital joints can lead to acute pain in the jaw, head, face and neck. Pain may be experienced on one or both sides.
TMD is an often misdiagnosed condition because facial pain can result from a variety of dilemmas, not just damage to the temporomandibular joints. Sinus infections, tooth decay, and facial injuries can cause jaw pain. A valid diagnosis is the first step in treating TMD.
At Aspen Ridge Dental we have been diagnosing and treating TMD since 1998, working with other specialists when required. If you are noticing clicking, popping, or discomfort in your jaw, call Aspen Ridge Dental today for a diagnosis and treatment plan.
I am Stuart Youmans and I am dedicated to providing high-quality dentistry to the residents of Casper and the greater Casper area.
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