Everyday problems cause some men and women to respond by clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth.
Daily commuting, work problems, or an overpacked schedule are some persistent culprits.
Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can trigger or exacerbate a painful condition called TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. TMD is often mistakenly called ‘TMJ,’ the acronym for temporomandibular joint.
Your jaw is able to open and close thanks to many muscles and the intricate temporomandibular joints. These joints enable fluid mobility as you chew, speak, and yawn.
Damage to these vital joints can lead to extreme pain in the jaw, head, face and neck. Pain may be experienced on one or both sides.
TMD is an often misdiagnosed condition because facial pain can result from a variety of dilemmas, not just damage to the temporomandibular joints. Sinus infections, tooth decay, and facial injuries can cause jaw pain. A valid diagnosis is the first step in treating TMD.
At Alaska Premier Dental Group we have been diagnosing and treating TMD since 1997, working with other specialists when necessary. If you are noticing clicking, popping, or discomfort in your jaw, call Alaska Premier Dental Group today for a diagnosis and treatment plan.
I am Brian Kruchoski and I am passionate about providing high-quality dentistry to the residents of Anchorage and the greater Wasilla area.
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