The Importance of an Aligned Bite
When you have chronic pain in your jaw, teeth, or facial muscles, it is often the result of bite problems. Serious conditions like (TMJ) Disorder can be a direct result of teeth grinding, jaw clenching, and a misaligned bite.
If you have jaw pain in Palm Harbor, FL, visit Knellinger Dental Excellence. Dr. Dan Knellinger, Dr. Stacey Verkler, and Dr. Carol Bou-Sliman are TMJ dentists who can provide you with effective treatments. Our practice treats patients from surrounding areas including Tarpon Springs and Ozona, FL.
Treatments from a TMJ Dentist
Our TMJ dentists can alleviate your symptoms with a range of treatments, from at-home therapies to jaw surgery. Initially, simple muscle stretches, warm compresses, and over-the-counter pain relievers may be employed. However, if your symptoms persist, our TMJ dentists may recommend a nightguard, or jaw surgery to provide you with proper care.
What Is TMJ/TMD?
The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the actual jaw joint and its surrounding muscles. TMD is a condition that affects the temporomandibular joint. It is often attributed to trauma, teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism), osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Signs of TMD can occur suddenly and last indefinitely. See a TMJ dentist if you experience the following symptoms:
Pain in the jaw, neck, or face
Clicking/popping as the jaw opens
Ear aches or tooth aches
Limited mobility of the jaw
Improve Bite Alignment with Occlusal Adjustment
Sometimes when you close your teeth together, they may feel uncomfortable. This can be the result of many factors, including bite misalignment, tooth wear, or interference from a new restoration. This interference creates a change in the way your teeth fit together, resulting in symptoms similar to TMJ, including jaw pain in Palm Harbor, FL. Our TMJ dentists can quickly detect the source of the interference and adjust your bite by filing the areas of improper contact.
What You Need To Know About TMJ
TMJ can cause painful jaw pain and migraines and can lead to tooth damage if not treated early. Complete the form to download your FREE copy of our 8 What You Need To Know About TMJ article!