There are many problems that can occur when your temporomandibular joint, or jaw joint, becomes swollen, damaged, or misaligned. You might experience pain in the immediate area around the joint, or elsewhere including the neck, shoulders, mouth and even your lower back. Other symptoms can include earaches, migraines, and other headaches. TMD, or temporomandibular disorders, might be caused by teeth grinding, stress, or direct injury.
Fortunately, there are also a variety of treatments that can make smiling comfortable again. Mouth guards can relax and realign your jaw muscles to prevent teeth grinding or reduce the effects of stress. Physical therapy, relaxation techniques, over the counter or prescriptions medications are also treatment options. As a last resort there are also surgeries that can repair the TMJ.
Once your TMD has been treated, we can repair the damage by replacing missing teeth, readjusting your bite, and reshaping damaged teeth. Your smile shouldn’t make you wince—let us stop the pain and get your jaw back in good working order.