TMJ in Manteca CA
Are you tired of dealing with tenderness and pain in your face and jaw area? Do you achieve a restful night’s sleep but find you experience headaches throughout the day? TMJ disorder may be at the root of your discomfort. Because this condition can manifest in a variety of ways without a concrete set of symptoms, speaking with Dr. Damle is essential in diagnosing the problem and treating your jaw.
What Is TMJ and the Associated Disorder?
TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is the point at which your jaw joins your skull on either side of your head. A network of muscles surrounds each jaw joint. You use this joint every time you move your mouth to talk, chew, or yawn. When the joint or surrounding muscles become stressed, the result is called TMJ disorder. The condition is often the result of a strong impact to your face, stress, or teeth grinding/clenching, and includes the following symptoms:
- Tenderness or pain in your facial area or surrounding your ear
- Swelling in your face
- Popping or locking when you open your mouth
- Ringing in your ears
What Treatment Do You Offer?
Dr. Damle will need to examine your mouth and jaw, and ask you questions about your symptoms and oral health history. Once she determines that you have a TMJ disorder, you can expect the following solutions:
- Recommendations on behavioral changes, such as new ways of using your jaw muscles to achieve relief
- A custom-fitted night guard that will prevent you from grinding and clenching your teeth at night
- Suggestions for short-term discomfort reduction, such as hot/cold compress therapy and the use of over-the-counter analgesics.
Am I a Good Candidate?
If more than an occasional jaw problem is affecting your life, such as a popping or clicking sound, difficulty eating or speaking, or general pain and discomfort, contact us for a consultation. We will discuss your symptoms and offer treatment options to improve your oral comfort and daily function. Treating TMJ disorder early is the best way to prevent long-term damage, such as the wearing away of teeth enamel that occurs with grinding. The sooner you visit us for treatment, the faster we can set you back on a path toward optimal oral health.
Schedule an Appointment!
At Aura Family Dentistry, we are committed to providing our patients with comprehensive dental services alongside compassionate care. Whether you need general care, restorative services, or cosmetic improvements, we look forward to assisting you in reaching your smile goals. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Damle. Call or email our office located in Manteca, California. We are accepting new patients of all ages, including children, and proudly serve members of Manteca and surrounding communities.
Summary: Speak with Dr. Damle and our compassionate team about your TMJ symptoms and treatment options if you clench or grind your teeth.