If you have problems with chronic pain in your face, neck, jaw, and head, bring them up with your dentist! At a routine dental exam, or during an appointment to specifically bring up these concerns, your Moreno Valley, CA dentist can tell you about TMJ disorder, and determine if it is the cause of your chronic discomforts. Many people develop issues with their TMJ health. If your jaw joints are out of alignment, or if you have unaddressed tension issues with the joints or muscles, discomfort can worsen over time, and you can experience further trouble because of teeth grinding! Oral appliance therapy can effectively ease pain and help you put your TMJ troubles behind you. This treatment approaches uses a custom guard to help return your jaw to proper alignment.

What Are The Symptoms Of TMJ Disorder To Watch Out For?

There are several problems that can affect you if you struggle with TMJ disorder. Many people complain of popping or clicking sounds when they move their jaw, or they can find that doing so leads to pain and stiffness. Pain in your face and jaw can also be an area of concern. You can have teeth grinding issues without having TMJ problems, but this habit does make TMJ trouble more likely even if it is not affecting you at present.

Discussing TMJ Problems During A Routine Appointment

During a regular dental exam, your dentist can do more than just make sure your teeth are thoroughly cleaned and check you for evidence of tooth decay. If you have a difficult time moving your jaw without pain, if you show evidence of teeth grinding, or if you bring up problems with pain or sensitivity, we can discuss treatment. Sometimes, orthodontic work can help by improving your ability to bite and chew in a way that feels comfortable. We may also suggest capping weak or undersized teeth with dental crowns. However, it is often possible to resolve TMJ problems with oral appliance therapy, which relies on a custom guard to help you realign your jaw joints and move without pain.

Your TMJ Pain And Teeth Grinding Issues Can Be Linked

Problems with teeth grinding should be addressed, particularly when you grind your teeth at night. The more this problem occurs, the more likely it is that you will suffer dental damage that calls for restorative dental work! If superficial wear and tear has already occurred, we can discuss cosmetic dentistry after addressing your tendency to grind with an oral appliance.

Talk To Your Moreno Valley, CA Dentist About TMJ Treatment!

If you let TMJ problems remain untreated, you can experience persistent difficulties with bite movement, and suffer jaw and facial pain that negatively impact your quality of life. To find out how our practice can help you, or to discuss the matter with one of our locations closer to you, please reach out at the following:

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.