Everyday dilemmas cause some people to respond by clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth.
Daily commuting, work problems, or an overpacked schedule are some common culprits.
Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can trigger or aggravate a painful condition called TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. TMD is often mistakenly called ‘TMJ,’ the acronym for temporomandibular joint.
Your jaw is able to open and close thanks to many muscles and the intricate temporomandibular joints. These joints allow for strength and fluid motion as you chew, speak, and yawn.
Damage to these vital joints can lead to severe pain in the jaw, head, face and neck. Pain may be experienced on one or both sides.
TMD is an often misdiagnosed condition because facial pain can result from a variety of dilemmas, not just damage to the temporomandibular joints. Sinus infections, tooth decay, and facial injuries can cause jaw pain. An accurate diagnosis is the first step in treating TMD.
At Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman we have been diagnosing and treating TMD since 1996, working with other specialists when necessary. If you are suffering from clicking, popping, or discomfort in your jaw, call Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman today for a diagnosis and treatment plan.
I am Christopher Bowman and I am passionate about providing high quality dentistry to the residents of Charlotte and the greater Dilworth area.