Do you clench your jaw? Grind your teeth? Does your jaw sometimes “lock” or feel stuck? These are just a few of the symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/TMD), in the hinge joint that connects your lower jaw to the bone just in front of your ears.
TMD may cause chronic headaches, swelling, problems chewing, or just feeling tired in your face. Because it can be hard to pinpoint the source of the pain, or even to know whether your symptoms are all related, you might think you just have to live with it.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Lewisburg dentist Lawrence J. Winans, DMD has state-of-the-art technology to help diagnose and relieve your pain. He’ll first help your jaw muscles relax using a TENS unit that uses low-frequency energy pulses. The K7 Evaluation System takes measurements of your jaw and even records the sounds in your jaw!
Depending on your needs, Dr. Lawrence Winans can recommend several options, including:
- Dental restorations – crowns, veneers, bonding to raise or lower areas of your bite
- Orthotic – an appliance worn over your teeth to help align the jaw, relax muscle tension, and prevent tooth grinding
- Coronoplasty – reshaping the biting surfaces of your teeth with heavy polishing
- Full Mouth Rehabilitation – if necessary, we can restore every tooth in your mouth to its optimal shape and position to correct your bite
Remember, there’s no reason to live with pain and muscle tension that takes energy and pleasure away from everyday experiences. Call us at our Lewisburg dental office at 866.803.1468 if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of TMJ/TMD.