Mesa, AZ dentist provides effective treatment for jaw pain
We all know that dentists care for patients’ teeth and gums, but they also treat conditions that affect the muscles of the jaw, neck, and head? Many Americans deal with chronic facial pain that can be attributed to the temporomandibular joints. These joints, along with ligaments, muscles, and bones, give the jaw the ability to perform basic functions. At New Health Dental, in Mesa, AZ, our team has experience treating temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD).
What is TMD?
Temporomandibular joint disorders are a group of conditions that affect the joints and muscles in the jaw and neck. Often, patients experience intermittent pain that can disappear even without treatment. For others, the pain and tension are chronic
What causes TMD?
TMD can be caused by issues such as injury to the muscles of the head or neck, arthritis, dislocated disc, bruxism (grinding teeth), or even stress.
Symptoms of TMD
Some of the most common symptoms of TMD are:
- Tension headaches
- Popping of the jaw
- Difficulty chewing
- Uneven tooth wear
- Pain in the face, jaw, or neck
Treatment for TMD
During your examination, we will evaluate your jaw and take a full medical history along with a list of your symptoms. It is important to note when your pain occurs and the severity of it. Let us know if your pain is constant, if it comes and goes, or if it is triggered by any certain events.
Many times, TMD can be successfully treated with oral appliance therapy. Patients will be instructed to wear a night guard while they are sleeping. These plastic appliances are worn over the teeth and are extremely effective at preventing bruxism.
If you are in the Mesa, AZ area, it’s time to let painful tension headaches become a thing of the past. Call us today at (480) 830-3305.