Everyday dilemmas cause some people to respond by clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth.
Daily commuting, work problems, or an overpacked schedule are some common culprits.
Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can trigger or aggravate 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 allow for flexibility as you chew, speak, and yawn.
Damage to these vital joints can lead to severe 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 problems, not just damage to the temporomandibular joints. Sinus infections, tooth decay, and facial injuries can cause jaw pain. A correct diagnosis is the first step in treating TMD.
At Beveridge Dental we have been diagnosing and treating TMD since 1967, working with other specialists when required. If you are noticing clicking, popping, or discomfort in your jaw, call Beveridge Dental today for a diagnosis and treatment plan.
I am Stephen Beveridge and I am devoted to providing high-quality dentistry to the residents of San Jose and the greater Los Gatos area.