October 11, 2018
Painful headaches or migraines, tenderness when biting or chewing, radiating neck and shoulder pain, and popping or clicking in your jaw joint are only a few of the symptoms associated with TMD, or temporomandibular disorder. This is a painful joint disorder that is often referred to as TMJ, which is your temporomandibular joint. TMD can be very debilitating and significantly affect the quality of your life, but the good news is there are solutions, and your dentist in Fremont can help.
What Causes TMD?
The causes of TMD are unique to each patient, and it’s essential to establish the root cause to determine the proper treatment. Some causes of TMD could be:
- One or more missing teeth
- Bruxism – clenching and grinding
- Misaligned teeth
- Stress or anxiety
- Bite misalignment
How Do You Treat TMD?
Depending on the root cause of your condition, treatment could include things like orthodontic treatment to properly align your teeth and correct your bite. A nightguard to offer protection and relief from bruxism. Treatment like dental implants can provide tooth replacement solutions for patients missing one or multiple teeth
Neuromuscular dentistry is also an effective option that uses the study of how craniofacial muscles, bones, joints, and other connective tissues work together to create each patient’s unique and ideal alignment. This philosophy gets to the heart of the problem using CT scans and physical therapy to determine the jaw’s optimal resting position, which is different for everyone.
Once proper jaw positioning is determined, an orthotic or removable oral appliance can be made to keep the patient’s jaw in proper alignment so muscles can relax. Sometimes additional treatment such as orthodontics or dental restorations is needed to correct the problem.
Are You Ready to Alleviate Your Pain?
If you are ready to reclaim your life and eliminate your TMD pain, we encourage you to contact your dentist to schedule a consultation to discuss your situation, determine the root cause of your TMD disorder, and establish TMD treatment in Fremont that will best suit your needs.
About the Author
Dr. James Block follows in the footsteps of a long line of dentists including his father and grandfather. He carries on their traditions of providing exceptional comprehensive dental care to patients in Fremont, CA.
Dr. Block has taken a two-year fellowship specializing in the treatment of TMD with the use of neuromuscular dentistry, so he can offer patients more effective and permanent solutions for TMD issues.
If you would like to contact Dr. Block, he can be reached by calling 510-793-0801 or through his website.
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