Do you suffer from chronic headaches and migraines? Do you clench and grind your teeth? You may be one of millions of Americans suffering from TMJ or TMD, and you might not even know it! We all deal with stress in different ways, for many of us, stress manifests itself in our jaw joint in the form of bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching) that leaves sufferers with chronic pain and tension. Thankfully, your Battle Ground dentist has an affordable, non-invasive solution to not only treat your pain but stop it at the source!
Dr. Low in Battle Ground, Washington is skilled in the identification and treatment of temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD). Your temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are in front of each ear. It lets you move your jaw up and down and side-to-side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn.
Problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders, but you may also hear it referred to as TMJ, after the joint. Dr. Low knows TMJ can be painful and wants you to come to him for help.
Trauma, disease, wear or grinding, Osteoarthritis, or Rheumatoid arthritis can all lead to TMJ syndrome. It is not always clear what has caused the disorder, but the discomfort is always evident.
TMJ is painful. That pain can manifest differently depending on the patient. Often patients will feel pain in the facial muscles and jaw joints that may even radiate into the neck. You might feel dizzy or get frequent headaches. You may feel pain in the jaw joint when you talk, chew, yawn or otherwise open and close your mouth.
Sometimes people mistake TMJ for ear problems as it can cause pain or ringing in the ears. You may also be able to hear popping, grating, or clicking. Your face may swell on the affected side as well. Sometimes the jaw can lock in an open position or a more closed mouthed position. The jaw may feel crooked and you may favor opening to one side over the other. Muscle spasms may make it difficult to swallow, and in some cases, folks feel dizzy and vomit because of their TMJ. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of TMJ, please don’t hesitate to come see us.
Dr. Low will conduct a panoramic x-ray in order to give a broad overview of the entire mouth. The panoramic x-ray supplies Dr. Low with information about the teeth, upper and lower jawbone, sinuses, and other hard and soft tissues of the head and neck.
TMD/TMJ is a serious issue that Dr. Low and his team can address. If you are worried about the cost of assessment or treatment of your TMJ, please know we offer in-office financing and payment options to our patients to help ease the potential worry of costly care.
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