If you are suffering from TMJ then it is time for you to take a moment and call Greenhills Dental Care in Fremont. We are here to provide you with the relief you need, so that you can experience a pain-free life. TMJ pain can be debilitating and you may notice there is a problem when you have a stiff jaw joint or you hear a clicking sound when you try to talk or open your jaw. While you may want to just push the pain aside and power through your day, it is not always possible and you will have a hard time managing the pain that you do experience. Many patients will wait until the pain is unbearable before they even reach out for help. Living with TMJ is difficult and it will make it hard for you to talk, drink, and eat.
There are several symptoms related to TMJ and that can alert you to a problem that may exist, which include:
- Facial pain
- Problems moving your jaw
- Clicking noises that come from your jaw
- Joint pain or stiffness in the jaw
- Uneven bite
Causes of TMJ
It is unknown why TMJ forms and it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact reason why you have it, but there are some conditions and factors that may cause the condition to get worse over time. Some of the causes of TMJ include:
- Injury or any type of trauma to the jaw, head, neck muscles
- Arthritis or displacement of the jaw
- Teeth clenching or bruxism
- Improper movement of the socket or ball joints
One of the most important steps that need to take place is the initial diagnosis. If a diagnosis is not made then you cannot receive the treatments that you need to alleviate pain. When you come into our office for a FREE consultation, Dr. Bien will go over the available options to you and will look at your jaw joint and jaw itself.
There are available treatments for TMJ, but the treatment type that you receive will depend on what you and Dr. Bien decide on. There are some additional steps you can take that will aid you in the treatment process and those steps include:
- Try relaxation techniques to help relieve any stress you experience
- Eat soft foods
- Avoid chewing gum or biting your nails
- Exercises that work the jaw joints
- Alleviate pain with a hot or cold compress
- Night guards
If it has been determined that your jaw is off center or you have an uneven bite, then that may be the reason you experience some of the pain you do. If this is the case, Dr. Bien will let you know and a surgical procedure will be needed to correct the issue.
Greenhills Dental Care Wants to Help You
Disorders and pain associated with TMJ are quite painful and they cause a lot of discomfort to those who experience it. If you do have jaw pain, Dr. Bien wants to help you. Whether it has been hassling you for a long time or it just developed, we will work with you to get you some relief.
Patient will often come into our office and complain that they experience some type of jaw pain daily. The pain you experience can range from mild to quite severe in nature. Some patients can live their life normally with the pain while others have to lay down and cannot participate in their life until the pain dissipates.
When you come into our Fremont office, you will receive the care needed to determine what the cause of your TMJ is. We will provide you with several different procedures to help you heal and get the relief you need. Some of the procedures we offer include jaw adjustments and medication to stress management.
The treatment that you need to receive will depend on what your specific needs are. Dr. Bien will sit down with you and conduct a thorough examination to determine if there is any shift in your jaw or joints. From there, you will receive x-rays to see if the joints or jaw is misaligned or uncover any issues that may be underlying. You may need to bite down on a dental appliance to see how your teeth line up or how strong your jaw is. These smaller tests are done to ensure that your jaw works the way it should.
Dr. Bien may want you to undergo some type of therapy for your jaw as well. It is important that you receive the proper care or else your jaw may never feel the same and you may continue to experience pain.
If it is determined that your jaw pain stems from bruxism, then Dr. Bien will work with you to make sure that you have a custom fit dental appliance that stops any teeth grinding from damaging your teeth.
One of the biggest things that needs to be addressed when TMJ is a problem is stress. Stress can cause you to bite down and clench your teeth, which places too much pressure on your jaw joints, which then leads to pain. If you do have a lot of stress in your life, it is important that you alleviate it or learn the proper ways to handle it, so that your jaw and teeth can take a serious break.
Visit Us in Fremont Today
If you think that you need to receive TMJ treatment or you are experiencing a lot of pain in your jaw, now is the time to call Greenhills Dental Care. We specialize in all types of care for the patient who does have TMJ to those patients who have a misaligned jaw or broken jaw. We know that you are in pain and that your jaw pain can cause other areas of your body to suffer such as headaches. We do not want you to learn to live this way and Dr. Bien wants to see you in her Fremont office. Call Greenhills Dental Care now.