Jaw pain is usually an indication that there is something wrong. People who grind their teeth can sometimes develop a serious problem with their jaw, which left untreated, can adversely affect the teeth, gums and bone structures of the mouth. One of the most common jaw disorders is related to a problem with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull, and allows your upper and lower jaw to open and close and facilitates chewing and speaking. When the jaw becomes inflamed, is when temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) forms. Our Grand Rapids dentist office can help you.
For treatment options, you will need to have a complete examination. This will include x-rays as well as an inspection of your jaw and teeth. Your dentist will listen to your jaw when it opens and closes. If your teeth show damage from grinding or clenching, your TMD can easily be solved with the use of a mouth guard at night. For misaligned teeth or a bad bite, orthodontic treatment will be necessary to relieve pain. The bad bite might also be solved with the use of dental crowns or bridge work. Patients can relieve their pain with the help of over the counter pain relievers, or from icing their jaw. If your TMD is caused by stress, we recommend using a mouth guard at night, or finding a way to release the stress from your life. Oftentimes, TMD will go away without treatment, but if your jaw continues to hurt, treatment should be sought. The last resort for treatment, would be surgery. Some patients have no choice but to receive surgery for an effective treatment.
If you have TMD and you do not seek treatment, harm can be done to your teeth. The clenching and grinding of your teeth can break down the crown of your teeth, which will break, or crack them. This can lead to infection which will require extensive restorative treatment which will also cost a lot. Without treatment, you will also continuously be in pain, not only in your jaw, but eventually your teeth too. Ignoring necessary treatment will only make your TMJ worse.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of TMD, do not wait. We can relieve your pain with our extensive treatment options. You can give us a call at 616-538-9020 or by visiting our contact us page to fill out our online contact form. Our Dental South dentist office in Wyoming, MI in the Grand Rapids area can provide patients with an assortment of treatment options.