If you have TMJ, it may not only be a painful problem, but it can also cause permanent damage to your teeth or jawbone. At Amesbury Family Dental, our Amesbury best dentist, Dr. Sanford Greenberg, can provide you with complete diagnosis and treatment for your TMJ problem.
When patients have problems with TMJ, they are putting extreme pressure on a particular joint in their jawbone. This can cause damage to a particular jaw joint, or even cause dental damage from teeth grinding. At our office, our Amesbury best dentist offers TMJ appliance therapy, using a night guard. The night guard will prevent teeth grinding, as well as take pressure off the temporomandibular joint. This night guard will support and slightly reposition the jaw so that is in a more comfortable position, so that jaw joint discomfort can be relieved. TMJ problems, can cause dysfunction in the jaw joint, and in the muscles that cause jaw movement. It is estimated that over 10 million people are affected by TMJ, in the US alone. For some unknown reason, this problem is more commonly found in women than in men. Sometimes, discomfort from TMJ problems can be only occasional, and may occur in cycles. However, some people develop long-term, significant symptoms. Signs that you may have a TMJ problem include awakening with pain in the jaw, or with headaches, or hearing a clicking or popping sound in your jaw when you open your jaw to eat or speak. The exact cause of TMJ disorders is not always clear up. Sometimes it is believed that stress and tooth grinding can seriously contribute to this disorder, however, many people with TMJ do not grind their teeth. Other symptoms related to TMJ, can include: jaw muscle stiffness; radiating pain in the jaw and neck; or limited movement of the jaw.
For an appointment to come in to see our Amesbury best dentist for diagnosis and treatment of TMJ, simply contact our office today.