TMJ is a Chronic Pain in the Jaw
TMJ simply put, is a problem with your jaw joint(s). If you experience chronic jaw and face pain, popping or clicking sounds in your jaw or suffer from headaches or migraines, you may have TMJ disorder. This condition affects more than 10 million people in the United States and it is not just painful, but may cause serious damage to your jaws and teeth if not treated. TMJ disorder involves not only the jaw joint, but the muscles, teeth and bones that make up the masticatory system. The treatments may be simple changes in habit or diet, or some therapy or, in rare cases, may require surgery. Either Dr. Sunjay Lad or Dr. Chiman Lad will discuss your symptoms and help you understand the treatment options available to you. Call (626) 287-4094 today to request an appointment.
I’m Pain-Free Thanks to My Temple City Dentist
“I suspected that I may have TMJ from doing research on the internet, so I called Lad Family Dentistry. I made an appointment and I did get diagnosed with TMJ disorder. By this time, I had jaw pain and headaches all the time. I was ready for a solution. Dr. Chiman Lad explained my options and his wonderful staff explained my payment options. Armed with knowledge, I made my decisions and went through their suggested treatment. I can honestly say I am PAIN FREE. Thank you Lad Family Dentistry!”
How We Treat TMJ and TMD at Lad Family Dentistry
Temporomandibular joint disorder or “TMJ,” as many people call it, is a disorder of the jaw joints or the muscles that govern the joints. TMJ disorder symptoms include: ringing in your ears, jaw and neck pain, clenching teeth, grinding teeth, locked or stuck jaw, swelling or difficulty chewing. People who have TMJ disorder often say their symptoms get worse during prolonged stress. Our doctors can accurately evaluate and locate the source of your pain and will present options to relieve your issue using the very latest in gentle, non-surgical treatments such as: night-guards (mouth guard) and occlusal splints that relax jaw muscles. Don’t put up with the pain anymore. If you suspect you have TMJ in Temple City please call us today, 24 hours a day at (626) 287-4094.
TMJ is Common… Here Are Some Causes
The most common cause of TMJ disorder is a bad bite or more simply put, your teeth are out of alignment. It is possible to adjust or realign your teeth without painful and expensive surgeries. Realignment can cure the problematic symptoms, such as headaches, jaw pain and sometimes dizziness. If you grind your teeth as a result of TMJ disorder, it may eventually erode the structure of your teeth and lead to more severe problems. Come in and let Dr. Sunjay Lad and Dr. Chiman Lad help relieve you of those horrible symptoms. Treating TMJ in Temple City is actually pretty simple, call us at (626) 287-4094.
Development of TMJ
TMJ disorder can develop from grinding your teeth, stressing your TM joint, or tightening your jaw muscles. Sometimes it can develop from a disease, injury or arthritis. These things damage the joint directly or tear your muscle ligaments causing the cartilage or disk that functions as a cushion for your jaw joint to slip out of position, which affects the alignment of your teeth. The results can be pain, clicking, or grating noise when opening and closing your mouth. Why put up with the pain any longer? Getting rid of your jaw pain is simple, click here or call us at Lad Family Dentistry (626) 287-4094.
Are You Prone to TMJ Disorder?
According to the National Institutes of Health, over ten million Americans suffer from TMJ Disease/Disorders. Both males and females are affected by TMJ disorder, but ninety percent of patients who come in and are diagnosed with TMJ disorder are women, most between puberty and menopause. Dr. Linda LeResche, University of Washington in Seattle, conducted a study demonstrating that women on hormone replacement therapy were seventy seven percent more likely to seek treatment for TMJ disorder than those without that treatment. Also, women on oral contraceptives were nineteen percent more likely to seek treatment. If you have any questions about TMJ causes or treatment in Temple City, call (626) 287-4094.
Three Tips for Soothing TMJ disorders
The TMJ Association, Ltd. gives three suggestions for those who may think they have TMJ disorders:
1. Eat soft foods, use ice packs and avoid extreme jaw movements, like yawning and gum chewing. Short-term use of over the counter or prescription pain medicines may also provide relief.
2. Avoid treatments that cause permanent changes in the bite or jaw. This includes crown work, bridge work or orthodontics to change the bite, or grinding down teeth (bite adjustment).
3. Avoid surgical treatment, where possible. There have been no long-term studies to test the safety and effectiveness of these procedures.
Call Dr. Sunjay Lad, Dr. Chiman Lad and our friendly staff today to receive the help and care you deserve to eliminate TMJ symptoms from your life. In Temple City, call (626) 287-4094.