TMJ Treatment in Laguna Hills, CA

Escape TMJ Pain and Chronic Headaches

TMD Facts and Statistics

  • Disorders of the TMJ impact more than 10 million individuals in the United States alone.
  • TMD is diagnosed in women more so than men.
  • The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is the most widely used joint within the body.

Is TMD Stealing the Joy From Your Life?

Chronic or episodic pain and other symptoms surrounding your jaw joints can affect your life in ways that leave you searching for much needed relief. Ranging from mild to severe, Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD) negatively impact quality of life, perhaps even causing you to miss out on the things you love. Find the freedom you need from TMD pain and discomfort with treatment solutions from the Center for Prosthodontics & Implant Dentistry of Laguna Hills.

How TMD Impacts Your Health

TMD involves dysfunction of one or both of the jaw joints, surrounding muscles and other supporting tissues. Symptoms of this often debilitating condition include:

  • Facial pain or swelling
  • Pain in the upper back, shoulders and neck
  • Earaches or tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
  • Tired feeling in the jaw
  • Jaw locking in position
  • Chronic headaches
  • Tooth pain or sensitivity
  • Popping, grinding or clicking sounds when opening or closing
  • Difficulty opening the mouth wide
  • Pain or discomfort when engaging the jaw

A Common Cause of TMD

A number of habits or factors may lead to TMD, however one of the most common among individuals is teeth grinding (bruxism). The force behind bruxing places undue stress on the jaw joints and muscles, causing dysfunction around the joint itself. Teeth grinding is often a result of:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Uneven chewing surfaces
  • Malpositioned teeth
  • Sleep apnea
  • Alcohol use

Are You Experiencing the Signs and Symptoms of Teeth Grinding?

  • Tired jaw upon waking
  • Pain in or around the jaw joints
  • Flattening or chipping of chewing or biting surfaces
  • Uneven sensation when biting down
  • Headaches, especially in the morning
  • Abrasion of inner cheeks or sides of the tongue

Correcting the Imbalance Teeth Grinding Leaves Behind

Teeth grinding wears down the enamel layer, resulting in an unevenness in chewing surfaces when the upper and lower arches come together. Both TMD discomfort and chewing surface discrepancies can be effectively eliminated with an occlusal adjustment, a simple procedure reducing the height of the tooth surface in certain areas until an even fit is achieved.

Enduring TMD pain and discomfort is no way to live. Experience the relief and freedom from chronic jaw pain and headaches with gentle, effective treatment from the Center for Prosthodontics & Implant Dentistry of Laguna Hills. To schedule your visit as soon as possible, contact our friendly team today.

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