If you notice pain in your neck, ears, or back, you might be surprised by a potential source of discomfort: a tiny hinge-like joint on either side of your jaws. TMJ disorder is a prevalant general dentistry issue, and Dr. Daniel Adelpour diagnoses and treats TMJ disorder through a conservative, custom-made sleep mouth guard at BLVD Dental Aesthetics on Mid-Wilshire BLVD.
We have two temporomandibular joints on either side of our jaws (TMJs). Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) is an umbrella term to explain a group of more than 30 conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the TMJ. In short, “TMD” describes the disorders, and “TMJ” describes the temporomandibular joint itself.
Bruxism is involuntary teeth clenching, typically during sleep or stressful moments. TMD and bruxism sometimes go hand-in-hand.
When TMD causes imbalanced jaw joints, you might be inclined to habitually clench your teeth to offset the pain and stress of TMJ disorder. On the contrary, chronic clenching teeth can lead to an unbalanced jaw and worn-down teeth.
TMJ disorders could affect everyone and impact over 10 million people in the United States. While some individuals have a higher predisposition than others to suffer from temporomandibular joint dysfunction, here are some TMJ symptoms to watch out for:
When Dr. Adelpour conducts a TMJ pain consultation, he will thoroughly analyze your jaws to determine if conservative treatment, like a custom-fit teeth grinding guard, could benefit your wellness and lifestyle.
Like the individuals it affects, TMJ treatment is highly unique to the sufferer. The treatment that Dr. Adelpour recommends will be based on your individualized symptoms and needs. Some common treatments for teeth grinding include:
If you notice that your jaw pops and locks or are suffering from soreness in the face, neck, and shoulders, then TMJ disorder might be the culprit. Learn more about TMJ disorder and how to treat it when you schedule a bruxism treatment at BLVD Dental Aesthetics. Set up a consultation with the best Beverly Hills dentist, by calling 310-620-8060 or sending us a short message.