Relief for Chronic Jaw Pain
Do you suffer from headaches, jaw joint pain, popping, or clicking?
Many people suffer from TMD or TMJ and don’t even know there are safe and easy ways to get out of pain fast. Jaw pain can negatively affect your life and interrupt your daily routine. Dr. George is a TMJ dentist and is here to help. After treating over 3,000 complex cases, Dr. George is an expert in the field of TMJ treatment for pain relief.
Whether you clench or grind at night or during the day (called bruxism), relief from pain can be as simple as wearing an oral splint that relieves pressure in the jaw joints. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD), or TMJ syndrome, is a term that covers acute or chronic inflammation of the temporomandibular joint(s). These jaw joints are located in front of each ear. The TMJ is a complex joint that has many muscles controlling it. People experience severe pain in and around the joint for a number of reasons. The pain can be reoccurring and severe.
Symptoms of TMJ or TMD Dysfunction are:
Migraines or headaches
Sharp pain in the area of the joint
Muscle spasms in the neck, back, and shoulders
Reduced ability to open the mouth or locking of the jaw
Ringing in the ears
Discomfort with biting or chewing
Do not ignore these symptoms. Persistent grinding or clenching of the teeth can cause wear and damage to the teeth. This damage cannot be reversed without reconstructive dental treatment. Grinding also overworks the muscles and in turn, they become fatigued and go into spasm. This is when the pain begins.Of the 30 million TMJ sufferers, most are women, who are particularly prone to the disorder during their child-bearing years. Symptoms ranging from gum pain to an inability to move the jaw can be caused by the TMJ system of ligaments, muscles, and tissues that become inflamed.
An oral appliance worn over the teeth will allow the muscles to rest, while also protecting teeth from the effects of grinding, and reducing associated, painful symptoms. Other non-invasive treatments for TMJ disorder and bruxism are muscle therapy, prevention exercises, habit changes, stress relief practices, and chiropractic.
In addition to traditional TMJ therapies, he has successfully treated patients by reconstructing their bites. Many dental professions are limited by the lack of services offered in their practice. Dr. George can also advise you on the possibility of treating your pain with orthodontics. Having a deep or collapsed bite can cause pain that will never improve unless treated. If you are not the type of person to want orthodontic treatment, your bite can also be relieved with dental restorations.
Please contact our office today and learn about the many options to relieve your TMJ and TMD pain and discomfort.
Make an Appointment
Visit our San Diego cosmetic dentistry and family dentistry office, conveniently located at University Town Center in La Jolla. Call (858) 552-1223 to schedule your consultation with Dr. George today.