Are you experiencing locked jaws, jaw pains, or bruxism (unconscious teeth grinding)? Dr. Paul Branco offers TMJ/TMD treatment at Clinton Dental in Little Italy.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a common/catch-all phrase that pertains to the jaw joint and muscular tissues relating to the jaw. This joint connects your jaw to your skull on each side of your head. It is an important joint that manages your speech, chewing, and swallowing.
Some people suffer from temporomandibular disorders (TMD), which include a habit of clenching or grinding their teeth during the day and at night (this can be an unconscious habit). This is also known as bruxism.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorders
- Pain that can be felt in the face or neck
- Stiff or limited movement of the jaws
- Locked jaws or difficulty opening jaws
- Clicking or popping sounds from the jaw joints
- Ear pain
- Sore muscles or headaches
TMD can be caused by accidents, bruxism, arthritis, or a combination of factors. But no matter the cause for it, Dr. Branco can help you treat TMD with medications, nightguards, or dental work to realign your bite. He will conduct a comprehensive exam to assess your head and neck, including the muscles and jaw joints. The bite will also be assessed for any discrepancies.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of TMJ/TMD and bruxism, contact Clinton Dental in Little Italy today to book an appointment so we can assess, diagnose, and suggest the right treatment for you!