If you suffer from chronic jaw pain, TMJ treatment may be right for you.
The temporomandibular joints connect the jawbone to the skull. Patients may feel pain in the jaw joint and jaw muscles when there is damage, malocclusion or stress within the joint. Symptoms of TMJ disorder vary greatly between patients. TMJ symptoms often mask themselves or are similar to those of other medical conditions, making diagnosis difficult. Bite disorders can damage the teeth and make it difficult to bite, chew and even speak comfortably.
However, treating TMJ disorders can restore the smile. Dr. James White treats TMJ in his Las Vegas office.
Possible Causes of TMJ
There are multiple possible causes of temporomandibular joint disorder:
- Head, neck, or face trauma
- Trauma to the TMJ joint
- Hormonal changes or imbalances
- Malocclusion (misaligned jaws)
Symptoms of TMJ
Look out for these common TMJ symptoms:
- Shoulder, neck, facial pain
- Clicking or popping when opening or closing jaw
- Locked jaw or limited mobility in the jaw joint
- Teeth clenching and grinding
- Wear and tear to teeth
- Chronic earaches
If any of these symptoms sound familiar to you, call Dr. White and his team at 702- 213-7220. Dr. White’s professional dental specialists ensure that patients feel comfortable through all stages of treatment. They collaborate with patients to find the solutions that work best for them.
At-home treatments that can treat mild forms of TMJ include exercising the jaw, using an ice pack, and eating soft foods rest the jaw. Dr. White also offers oral appliances for moderate cases of TMJ to keep teeth from touching. Oral appliances act like mouth guards, covering and protecting teeth from further wear and tear. This treatment can be worn overnight or during stressful situations. In addition to this, appliances take the pressure off of the jaw and prevent teeth from clenching and grinding.
If teeth have become worn down or damaged due to a TMJ disorder, Dr. White will help coordinate appropriate treatment. Dental crowns, dental implants, and other restorative options may be used to revitalize your teeth and gums.
Schedule a Consultation
Request an appointment with Dr. White online or call 702- 213-7220 for high-quality care today.