Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder (TMD) describes conditions that affect jaw muscles, jaw joints, and nerves associated with chronic facial pain. Problems involving the TMJ are often attributed to a misaligned bite. When upper teeth do not meet properly to lower teeth, the strain on joints and muscles of the jaw, face, head and neck can lead to headaches, jaw pain, and even migraines.
Symptoms of TMJ disorders include:
• Frequent Headaches or Migraines
• Face or Neck Pain
• Painful Jaw Joints
• Chipped, Worn or Broken Teeth
• Grinding or Clenching
• Clicking or Popping Jaw
Because proper bite alignment is such an important component of comprehensive dentistry, Dr. Barbat has advanced training on TMJ disorders and uses the latest technology and techniques in this area.
Re-establishing proper occlusion for a patient’s teeth is the first step in allowing associated joints and muscles to work together in a balanced manner. She works with each patient on an individual basis to provide a treatment protocol that restores optimal harmony of muscles, teeth and joints.
If you have experienced sore jaw joints, frequent headaches or migraines, facial pain, or feel that you are grinding or clenching your teeth during sleep, call our office to learn the best way you can overcome this destructive problem. Treatment may be as simple as wearing a comfortable, custom-made mouth appliance during sleep.
Most patients sleep peacefully and are pain-free after treatment, even those who’ve experienced years of debilitating symptoms. Don’t continue to suffer when the solution may be just a phone call away — (586) 739-2155.