TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorders can cause debilitating jaw, head, and neck pain. At Peter Gambertoglio, DDS, in Spring, Texas, every dental exam includes a TMJ screening. Dr. Gambertoglio is an experienced family and cosmetic dentist who has the expertise you need to correct jaw problems and maintain a healthy mouth. If you're struggling with stubborn jaw pain, Dr. Gambertoglio can help. Orthotic devices like splints can correct jaw misalignments quickly and painlessly. To learn more, call the office today or book an appointment online.
Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jawbone to your skull. You have two temporomandibular joints, one on each side of your jaw. These joints work like a hinge, allowing you to eat, talk, and yawn.
Over time, these joints sometimes break down or become damaged. Normal wear-and-tear caused by eating or talking may trigger TMJ tension. Left untreated, this tension can sometimes progress into debilitating pain. But dental treatment can help realign these joints and protect your jaw and teeth.
Symptoms of a TMJ disorder can vary. But TMJ problems often cause:
Some estimates have suggested that over 10 million Americans are affected by TMJ problems. If you have a TMJ disorder, you might unconsciously grind or clench your jaw. This added pressure can crack, chip, or wear down your teeth. If your tooth-grinding results in dental damage, you may need special care.
Early diagnosis of TMJ disorders is vital. During each dental exam, Dr. Gambertoglio checks your teeth and jaw. As an experienced dentist, he can spot problems long before symptoms appear, and if he suspects a TMJ disorder, Dr. Gambertoglio can suggest treatments.
Prompt dental care can help relieve your discomfort. It can also protect your teeth and jaw from further damage.
In the past, dentists often recommended using nighttime mouthguards. These devices only protect your teeth when you're asleep. While mouthguards do a good job of preventing tooth damage caused by grinding, they do little to relieve jaw tension and pain.
In his practice, Dr. Gambertoglio prefers to use flat plane splints. These orthotic devices are similar to “nightguards.” They are comfortable and easy to use. They are made with slightly uneven surfaces.
When you bite down on the device, your brain senses that it's unsafe to continue biting on an uneven surface. Your jaw naturally unclenches, relieving muscle tension and protecting your teeth.
Splints are ideal for treating jaw pain, headaches, and earaches caused by TMJ. But if you have other dental issues, you may need further care. Dr. Gambertoglio can provide a one-on-one consultation to help you get to the root of the problem. He works with you to ensure that all of your concerns are addressed.
Worried about tooth-grinding? Need help managing your jaw pain? Call Peter Gambertoglio, DDS, today or book an appointment online.