TMD, also known as TMJ disorders, are caused by dysfunction of the temporomandibular joints. These joints connect the skull to the jawbone. When the temporomandibular joints are injured or under stress, patients can feel tension and pain in the jaw. TMJ pain and dysfunction can also lead to a variety of problems that affect the jaw, teeth, and face. Dr. Pamela Cain is a Dawson-trained dentist who specializes in treating TMJ disorders in her Knoxville, TN dental office. She thoroughly examines patients to understand the source of their TMJ problem as well as the best method to alleviate TMJ symptoms.
How Do I Know I Have A TMJ Disorder?
There are multiple symptoms of TMJ disorders to look out for:
- Jaw clicking and popping
- Chronic headaches
- Difficulty or pain when chewing
- Jaw and facial pain
- Tooth damage and wear
- Teeth clenching and grinding (Bruxism)
It may be difficult to determine if you grind your teeth at night. Some common indicators of this may be jaw pain or morning headaches. Bruxism may also be accompanied by other symptoms of TMJ disorders.
Treating TMJ Disorders
Mouthguards and a bite correction may be used to stop TMJ symptoms and repair the smile. Dental mouthguards that are specifically fabricated for TMJ patients are worn at night. This keeps the teeth from wearing down and rests the TMJ joints. Patients who wear a custom-made mouthguard at night can stop morning headaches and tooth wear.
A bite correction may include dental crowns, dental implants, tooth bonding, veneers, and invisible braces. The purpose of bite correction treatment is to rebalance the bite and treat the damage caused by TMJ disorders. Dr. Cain will discuss your options with you if you have areas of damage or wear caused by TMD.
Request a Dental Appointment
Do you wake up with jaw pain? Does your jaw pop when you chew food? Schedule a dental consultation with Dr. Cain online or call her office at 865.276.7173 for TMJ treatment today. Please let Dr. Cain know if you have questions or concerns about your specific symptoms at your next appointment. She will be happy to assist you.