“Misalignment of your teeth or jaw could be causing TMJ Pain. Dr. Kaltchev can provide an assessment and treatment to alleviate the symptoms and give you relief.”
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that connects the jaw to the skull. If this joint is stressed, pain can occur in your face, jaw, neck, ears, shoulders, and / or head. If you have been experiencing pain in one or more of these areas, it could be this common but often misdiagnosed condition. Dr. Boris Kaltchev provides TMJ treatment at both of our locations.
Common TMJ Stressors
The most common cause of TMJ stress is a misaligned bite, when the upper and lower arches of teeth don’t fit together properly. Misalignment issues can include an overbite, underbite, or teeth which have grown in unevenly. A condition involving the TMJ is generally referred to as a temporomandibular disorder, or TMD.
Signs and Symptoms of TMD
The most common symptoms of TMD after pain are clicking of the jaw joint, the jaw becoming “frozen” for a few seconds when open or shut, difficulty with chewing or speech, constant clenching of the jaw, and grinding of the teeth during the day or particularly at night (bruxism). Many people with TMD also experience migraines and fatigue, and even sleep apnea due to incorrect jaw position allowing the back of the tongue to obstruct the airway.
TMD Treatment Options
If a stressed TMJ is negatively impacting your life, Dr. Kaltchev can help.
- If TMD is causing pain during the day and / or difficulty with eating or talking, an occlusal appliance can be fabricated. This device correctly positions your jaw and puts your bite into alignment. Over time, the new position of your jaw can become permanent, relieving your pain and other issues.
- If TMD is causing pain, sleeplessness, and / or tooth grinding at night, a custom night guard can be designed that will help keep your jaw relaxed at night and prevent you from waking up in the morning fatigued or with a stiff neck or migraine.
If any of the symptoms above are familiar to you, ask for a consultation to have your bite evaluated for possible TMD. You can request an appointment at one of our BK Dental locations with Dr. Kaltchev today.