If You Have Pain or Clicking in Your Jaw, We Can Help!
TMJ stands for “Temporomandibular Joint,” or jaw joint and TMD stands for “Temporomandibular Disfuction”. These are the small joints in front of each ear that attach the lower jaw to the skull, and happen to be the most complex joints in the entire body. The area of the face where the TMJ is located is an intricate network of bones, including the teeth, muscles, and nerves. Because of this, TMD conditions affect many areas of the body, from the top of the head in migraine-like headaches to numbness or tingling in the arms and pain in the neck or shoulders.
If You Answer “Yes” to Some of These Questions, Then TMJ /TMD May Be The Issue!
- Are you aware of grinding or clenching your teeth?
- Do you wake up with sore, stiff muscles around your jaws?
- Do you have frequent headaches or neck aches?
- Does the pain get worse when you clench your teeth?
- Does stress make your clenching and pain worse?
- Does your jaw click, pop, grate, catch, or lock when you open your mouth?
- Is it difficult or painful to open your mouth, eat, or yawn?
- Have you ever injured your neck, head, or jaw?
- Have you had problems (such as arthritis) with other joints?
- Do you have teeth that no longer touch when you bite?
- Do your teeth meet differently from time to time?
- Is it hard to use your front teeth to bite or tear food?
- Are your teeth sensitive, loose, broken, or worn?
For treatment, Dr. Shimizu will first measure the most relaxed position of your jaw to determine the goal for normal jaw positioning. Then he will work to realign the bite and restore the teeth and thus the jaw and joints to their optimal position. Once the bite is realigned and the jaw is in place, pain that resulted from the imbalance disappears.
If you have a sore or clicking jaw, you may be suffering from TMJ / TMD. Call us today at 408.923.5511 or email us at Info@BerryessaDental.com and he will provide you with the best solution for relief.