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Comprehensive Solutions to Relieve Your TMJ Pain

Do you suffer from persistent jaw pain, tension headaches, or worn teeth? If so, you may be suffering from temporomandibular disorder (TMD), a painful jaw disorder that our Palmdale dentists regularly treat successfully at AV Sierra Dental Center. Our thorough examinations will find the source of your discomfort and then our dentists will work with you to develop a comprehensive TMD treatment plan to relieve the pain. Call our office in Palmdale, CA (661.202.3542) or contact us online to schedule your consultation today!

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What is TMD/TMJ

TMD affects the temporomandibular joints (TMJ), the joints formed where the upper jaw meets the lower jaw, which is why it is often referred to as TMJ. It also affects the muscles that connect and control the joints. These muscles allow the jaw to move up and down, side to side, forward and backward. TMD results in pain in the jaw, as well as limited movement of it. It can affect an individual’s ability to speak, chew, swallow, and breathe easily.

Twenty to thirty percent of the adult population suffers from TMD/TMJ, and it is more common in women and in those between the ages of 20 and 40.

TMD/TMJ symptoms include:

  • Clicking, popping, or grating sounds coming from the jaw
  • Muscle pain that can be felt in the cheeks and temples
  • Jaw joint pain
  • Difficulty opening the mouth wide
  • Lockjaw, or the jaw getting stuck open
  • A more bulky-looking face
  • Severe tension headaches that can be debilitating

What Causes TMD/TMJ?

The exact cause of TMD is unknown. It is believed that symptoms can result from a variety of conditions that directly affect the jaw muscles and joints. TMD/TMJ symptoms are most often caused by physical stress reactions such as clenching and grinding of the teeth, which commonly occur while sleeping. Additional causes include:

  • Injury to the jaw, TMJ joint, or the muscles of your head and neck
  • Arthritis
  • Teeth grinding
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Movement of the soft cushion between the joint’s ball and socket

The Risks of Leaving TMD/TMJ Problems Untreated

If you ignore your TMD symptoms and prolong your TMJ treatments, your symptoms may start to intensify leading to:

  • Increased teeth sensitivity to temperature changes
  • Multiple cracks or splits in your teeth
  • Damage to existing dental restorations
  • Gum line recession
  • Periodontal issues
  • Shifting of your teeth
  • Degenerative issues related to the disks that control opening and closing of your jaw
  • Lock jaw

Av Sierra Dental Center’s TMJ Treatments

Our dental practice in Palmdale begins all of our TMD treatments with a comprehensive oral examination. This allows our TMJ dentists to properly diagnose the root cause of your pain. They will then work with you to design a thorough and personalized TMD treatment plan to eliminate your pain.

The best TMJ treatments is to maintain proper and balanced forces on each tooth. Our TMD treatments include splint therapy, building up the worn-down teeth, and custom-made mouth guards for TMJ. In some complex cases, treatment may require orthodontics, restorations, and/or cortisone injections.

We Make Paying for Your TMD Treatments Easy

Most dental insurance providers will cover all or at least a portion of your TMD treatments. Our team will work with you to ensure you are able to maximize your benefits. Our practice also offers a variety of financing options for patients without insurance. Our goal is ultimately to ensure you receive the TMJ treatments you need, so our team will take the time to work with you to ensure your TMD treatments are affordable.

Ready to Alleviate Your Discomfort?

Our extensively trained and experienced TMJ dentists are here to help. If you are living in the Palmdale, CA area and are experiencing TMJ symptoms, call AV Sierra Dental Center today at 661.202.3542 to book an appointment.

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