Dental discomfort impacts more than your oral health. Your mental wellbeing, overall health, and more can be affected when you can’t smile, eat, or talk without pain. These symptoms may be the result of TMJ.
What is TMJ?
TMJ is a TMD disorder. This affects the temporomandibular joints which is the hinge joint of your jaw. TMJ occurs when stress is placed on those joints, creating tension and pressure. This can impact your ability to eat, chew, and open and closing your mouth.
How Do I Know if I Have TMJ?
Diagnosing TMJ isn’t always so clear cut. It can present itself as pain while chewing, a clicking or popping sound in the back of your jaw, or even as headaches. If left untreated though, it can lead to bigger oral health issues that require more intense treatment.
How Do I Know if I Grind My Teeth?
Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is even trickier to diagnose. That’s because most people grind their teeth at night. However, your partner may hear your teeth grinding, you can wake up with headaches, and just have stiffness in your jaw. These are all indicators that it’s time to come see our periodontist in Miami.
What are My Treatment Options?
You have several options when it comes to treatment for TMJ and teeth grinding. There are jaw exercises that can minimize discomfort. And, in more extreme cases, a surgery targeting the joint is also an option. You will need to meet with our dentist to decide which is the best plan of action for you.
Are You Looking to Treat Your TMJ and Teeth Grinding?
Don’t let TMJ and teeth grinding negatively impact your daily life! Dr. Francisco Montamarta is here to guide you through your treatment options and get you back to smiling without discomfort. So, contact us today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment!