Over 35 Million People Are Affected by TMD
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a hinge connecting your jaw to the bones of your skull. When this hinge becomes damaged, the jaw becomes dislocated or there is an improper bite alignment, it can cause temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). TMD can be extremely painful and have a severe impact on your health and well-being. It can directly affect your quality of life from living with pain and complications, such as difficulty talking and chewing. Some of the most common TMD symptoms are:
Significant levels of stress or an abnormal bite can cause bruxism, or teeth grinding. While you clench or grind your teeth, you add pressure on your mouth and jaw, which can cause pain and create long-term complications, such as TMD. Breaking this habit as quickly as possible is essential for us to save your teeth and gums from harmful abrasion, and protect the mobility of the jaw. Some treatment options may include addressing the source of your stress, or prescribing a mouth guard to protect your teeth while you sleep.
Occlusion refers to the way that your bite aligns, or how the upper and lower teeth come together. An improper alignment can add stress to the affected teeth and jaw, and lead to TMD. To treat a misaligned bite at Smiles by Design, we first need to know where teeth are not meeting together correctly. We determine this by having you bite down on a piece of colored paper that leaves marks where we need to reshape or smooth the teeth to fix the occlusion in a quick and simple procedure.
Dr. Richard Howes can help you stop the pain and enhance your quality of life with TMD treatment. Call us today to schedule your consultation.Patient Testimonials Request Appointment