Tired of Teeth Grinding? Get Treatment For TMJ in Aurora, CO And The Greater Denver, CO Area
TMJ causes health problems than you may not be aware of.
What Is TMJ?
Teeth grinding and jaw pain may cause inflammation and other jaw complications. Address the symptoms of TMJ with treatment in our Aurora dental office. Are you constantly tired during the day? Do you wake up with headaches? An extra cup of morning java is not the answer. You could be suffering the effects of teeth grinding. We all have a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) on either side of our jaw. It is the hinge joint that connects our lower jaw to the skull and aids in speaking, chewing, and yawning. When you suffer from teeth grinding or jaw pain, the jaw muscles receive an unnatural amount of force that can cause inflammation of the TMJ in Aurora, CO and, in turn, cause many other health problems besides jaw pain.
You should seek treatment for TMJ in Aurora, CO and the greater Denver, CO area with Dr. Mark Braasch if you suffer from any of the following symptoms:
Headaches, neck aches or chronic migraines
Pain or tenderness in the face, jaw, neck, shoulders
Pain or tenderness around your ear when speaking
Jaw gets stuck “open” or “closed”
Clicking or popping when opening or closing the mouth
Unable to open the mouth widely
Earaches or hearing problems
What Causes TMJ?
While the exact cause of TMJ is unknown, certain risk factors can make you more likely to experience TMJ pain. These include:
TMJ Treatment with Dr. Braasch
We do not know exactly what causes TMJ in Aurora, CO and the greater Denver, CO area, but factors that have been found to influence TMJ pain is clenching, teeth grinding/bruxism, trauma, and arthritis. Sometimes TMJ pain can go away on its own after the jaw has time to rest and the muscles relax. Dr. Braasch can treat TMJ disorder in a variety of ways, including something as simple as a change in lifestyle habits or taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory. Dr. Braasch might suggest an occlusal adjustment to reduce the force on your teeth and jaw.
An occlusal adjustment is a simple procedure of marking the biting surfaces of your teeth and smoothing off any areas that are hitting in an unnatural way when you bring your teeth together. This reduction of force on your teeth and jaw can mean all the difference regarding the pain of TMJ in Aurora, CO and the greater Denver, CO area.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Braasch if you suffer from TMJ pain.