Do you clench your jaw or grind your teeth? Does your jaw sometimes “lock” or feel stuck? These are just a few of the symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/TMD), in the hinge joint that connects your lower jaw to the bone just in front of your ears. This can create a malocclusion, which is a poor bite alignment.
TMD may cause chronic headaches, swelling, problems chewing, or just feeling tired in your face. Because it can be hard to pinpoint the source of the pain, or even to know whether your symptoms are all related, you might think you just have to live with it.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Depending on your needs, Dr. Tobin, a Garden City dentist, can recommend several gradual and gentle options to realign your bite, including:
- Splint therapy that uses a plastic appliance that can be selectively placed where needed
- Orthotic appliances that are worn over your teeth to help align the jaw, relax muscle tension, and prevent tooth grinding
Please call Dr. Nancy Tobin at Tobin Dental Care in Garden City if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of TMJ/TMD. Remember, there’s no reason to live with pain and muscle tension that takes energy and pleasure away from your life.