You need the muscles and joints in your jaw. Without joints and muscles, you wouldn’t be able to chew, swallow, talk, or yawn. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the flexible joint in your jaw that acts as a hinge whenever you open your mouth.
Although temporomandibular disorder is painful and uncomfortable, our dentists at Paramount Dentistry offer TMD/TMJ therapy to ease the pain and restore the function of your jaw joint.
Symptoms of TMD
The common symptoms of TMD range from mildly sensitive to severely painful. Make an appointment with one of our dentists if you experience any combination of symptoms:
- Headaches, toothaches, earaches, neck aches
- Swelling around jaw
- Limited ability to open mouth
- Tenderness in face, jaw, neck
- Difficulty chewing
- Clicking, popping, grating sounds when opening mouth
- Ringing in ears
- Hearing problems
- Tired facial muscles
Causes of TMD
Although the proven cause of TMD remains unclear, there are a number of conditions that may factor into it:
- Teeth clenching/grinding
- Jaw dislocation
- Injury to jaw, muscles in head/neck
- Rheumatoid arthritis/osteoarthritis in jaw
Jaw muscle and joint problems are complex-diagnosis that may take time and multiple visits to a dental office. Whether you have TMD or not, it’s important to seek medical attention in order to reverse damage and restore function.
If you experience any of the symptoms of TMD, don’t delay proper treatment. Oftentimes, waiting to be treated will further damage your jaw. Schedule an appointment with one of our dentists today. We will provide you with information and administer necessary treatment and therapy.
Our philosophy is PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE. It means that we strive to handle any dental situation you may have before they become a serious problem . Our goal is to work with you so you enjoy perfect oral health. we take the time to explain any treatment you need to maintain perfect oral health. You have a busy life, the last thing you want is to deal with dental problems on top of that!
Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for one’s teeth to keep them healthy. This helps to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more.
There are many forms of preventive dentistry, such as daily brushing and regular dental cleanings. These practices are designed to ensure that teeth are clean, strong, and white. Children should be taught proper oral hygiene at an early age.
The most important part of preventive dentistry is to brush teeth daily.
Daily flossing is also recommended. Flossing helps to clean out the tight spaces between the teeth. People with braces may need to use floss threaders to get between the metal brackets.
Regular dental cleanings and check up allow dentist to identify problems and take care of them right away.
To maintain your perfect oral health:
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Dental sealants also known as fissure sealants are defined as a preventative dental treatment, where a plastic material is placed in the pits and fissures or chewing surfaces of usually the permanent molar teeth at the back of the mouth.
Root canal is one of the most common treatment for teeth that are taken up by the dentist in case of severe and extensive tooth decay.
In the root canal treatment, nerve and blood vessels inside the tooth (tooth’s center) are infected. Root canal treatment consists of removing the diseased or dead tissue from inside the tooth. The remaining space is cleaned, shaped and filled.
Mentioned below is the actual procedure of root canal treatment:
- An opening is made through the top of the decayed tooth that may be a molar or a pre-molar or front tooth.
- This is followed by removing the diseased tissue. Once, the diseased tissue is removed, the pulp chamber and root canals are cleaned, irrigated by disinfectant solution, enlarged and shaped so that they can be easily filled.
- In case, more than one visit is required, then a temporary filling is placed in the empty space to prevent infection recurring between the dental visits.
- A metal or fibro optic post is placed in the canal in order to provide structural support.
- Finally, a crown is placed over the tooth so that the tooth can be restored in its natural shape and appearance .