Drs. Kwon & Jabbour Treat TMD with Customized Care
The jaw discomfort associated with TMD can make you feel as if you went a couple of rounds in the boxing ring! Your jaw may ache, pop, or not fully open or close. In addition, you may experience headaches, earaches, or facial pain. Some sufferers even complain of low back pain or tingling in the fingers and hands.
TMD stands for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, and the pain it causes can disrupt daily functioning. In Walnut Creek CA, TMD dentists Dr. Julie Kwon and Dr. Hani Jabbour offer personalized treatment to alleviate TMD pain.
Function vs. Dysfunction
TMD refers to dysfunction of the jaw joints. These joints are called the temporomandibular joints. They’re small and triangular in shape, and they reside at the base of your jaw, in front of your ears. When operating optimally, these joints allow you to smoothly and fully open and close your mouth. However, the TMJ joints are sensitive to a variety of conditions, including physical and mental stress, trauma, excess pressure caused by a misaligned bite, and teeth grinding/jaw clenching. When thrown off kilter, TMD can result and cause a variety of discomfort throughout the body. The pain can range from mild to intense.
Your TMD consultation at Kwon & Jabbour General & Cosmetic Dentistry in Walnut Creek will consist of a discussion of your symptoms, a thorough examination, and an overview of lifestyle habits that may affect your TMJ joints. The doctor will look at the wear patterns on your teeth and evaluate jaw movement to identify the cause of your discomfort.
Your treatment will depend on the unique circumstances surrounding your TMJ dysfunction. Dr. Kwon or Dr. Jabbour may recommend avoiding foods that stress the jaw joints and/or managing stress. If a misaligned bite is the culprit, building up the surface of the back teeth to improve alignment can correct the problem. Many patients experience relief from TMD symptoms by wearing a custom-made night guard. This easy-to-use oral appliance eases stress on sore, tense jaw muscles to restore function and comfort.