Everyday issues cause some Chesterfield people to respond by clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth. For example, daily commuting in St. Louis can take a physical toll. All the traffic, noise, and perpetual road construction causes some people to grind their teeth as they navigate the sea of cars on packed freeways.
Some Chesterfield residents who hate waiting in long lines channel their frustration to their jaw as they try, by the sheer force of will, to cause the line to move faster.
Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can cause a painful condition called TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. In Chesterfield, TMD is often mistakenly called ‘TMJ’: the acronym for Temporomandibular Joint.
Your jaw is able to open and close thanks to many jaw muscles and the intricate temporomandibular joints. These joints allow for fluid mobility as you chew, speak, and yawn.
Damage to these critical joints can lead to extreme pain in the jaw, head, face and neck. Pain may be experienced on one or both sides of the jaw.
TMD is an often misdiagnosed condition in Chesterfield because facial pain can result from a variety of issues, not just damage to the temporomandibular joints. Sinus infections, tooth decay, and facial inuries can cause jaw pain. A correct diagnosis is the first step in treating TMD.
At Chesterfield Smile Design we have been diagnosing and treating TMD since 2015, working with other specialists when required. If you are experiencing clicking, popping, or discomfort in your jaw, call Chesterfield Smile Design today for a diagnosis and treatment plan.
I am Martin Buchheit and I am devoted to providing high quality dentistry to the residents of Chesterfield, St. Louis, and Town and Country.
Chesterfield Smile Design not only treats TMD, but we redesign smiles with innovative smile redesigns. In addition, we offer cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, and Invisalign.
Your smile is contagious! Make sure it is healthy and beautiful. Call Chesterfield Smile Design today at 314-576-0088 to schedule a consultation or examination.
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