Pain is part of the body’s messaging system. When you feel pain, chances are something is wrong. And if that pain affects your head, face or jaw, then this may indicate a condition called temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. At Drake & Voto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Owasso, OK, Dr. Gene Drake and Dr. Jayson Voto specialize in TMJ treatment to eliminate your pain, so you can work, play and sleep in peace.
What is TMJ?
Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located at the back of the jawline just in front of your ears. The American Dental Association (ADA) calls this joint one of the body’s most complex and one of the most frequently used joints. Every time you talk, chew, smile, laugh, or yawn, this joint is working.
What Causes TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder has a number of causes including trauma or injury to the jaw. The most common cause, however, is usually a bite problem that affects this joint. Teeth may become worn as a result of aging, teeth grinding and clenching, or any activity outside of normal function. Uneven surfaces that then result on the teeth interfere with the bite and jaw closure. People with TMJ disorder may experience a sore jaw; clicking or popping when the jaw is opened or closed; headaches; an earache without infection; and other painful symptoms around the jaw, face and head.
How is TMJ Disorder Treated?
In most cases, TMJ disorder can be remedied with an oral appliance, or mouth guard. Dr. Drake or Dr. Voto will assess your bite and likely take x-rays. Then, if they determine that a mouth guard is the solution, impressions will be taken of your teeth for your custom-fitted mouth guard. The mouth guard will reduce the stress on your jaw and leave you feeling more comfort and less pain.
Call Our Office Today
If you suspect that your jaw pain might be due to TMJ disorder, make an appointment today with Drake & Voto in Owasso, OK. We also conveniently serve patients in Claremore, Sperry, Collinsville, Tulsa, Skiatook and surrounding communities.