Wednesday, July 11th, 2018
The main signs of TMJ in Rochester Hills, MI are teeth grinding and jaw clenching. There are many reasons people might grind their teeth, such as stress, improper jaw alignment, obstructive sleep apnea and more. The grinding has the potential to strain the jaw muscles or damage the joints. It also wears down the teeth and could lead to chips or cracks. This also increases the chance of tooth decay, which can lead to missing teeth.
Clenching and grinding your teeth also causes jaw pain. In some cases, it might also lead to arthritis in the joints. Many people with this disorder also experience headaches that stem from the clenching.
Importance of Treatment
Living with the pain and discomfort of this disorder seriously affects people’s lives. Some serious effects include:
- Intense headaches,
- Back, shoulder and neck pain,
- Tinnitus (ringing the in the ear)
- Sleep impairment
- Tooth loss
Types of Treatments
Luckily, there are treatment options. One of the more common ones is to use a special mouth guard. You can also use an Occlusal equilibration to align the teeth if that is the cause of the problem. There are also certain therapies that help to soothe and relax the jaw muscles. Sometimes, dental work is needed to fix any damage that has occurred. The cost of treatment depends on the procedure and insurance. Without insurance, it generally ranges from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars.
Get Started Today
Contact Signature Dentistry of Rochester in Rochester Hills, MI today to set up an appointment with Dr. Wolfe to discuss your symptoms. He will examine you to determine the cause and discuss TMJ treatment options.
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
As the holiday season approaches, the Thanksgiving feast is anticipated. Between friends, family, and football, the holiday is a great time to kick back and relax. But with jaw pain from TMJ, your mouth will not have a moment to rest between bites of turkey and pie. TMJ is a condition where a misalignment may impair jaw function. This can cause painful symptoms. This pain makes eating Thanksgiving food difficult and can put a damper on the festivities.
What Is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, the joint that is responsible for oral movement. The disorder of the temporomandibular joint includes issues that impact the jaw, neck, and nerves in the area. If the jaw does not sit at the proper position, your bite may be misaligned which can lead to pain.
What Are the Symptoms?
A telltale sign of TMJ disorder is having trouble with opening and closing your mouth. When moving the joint, you may hear popping or clicking. Headaches or neck pain may also occur. The jaw pain associated with this condition is caused by the stressful pressure on the jaw joint itself.
TMJ Disorder Can:
- Can cause chronic pain
- Lead to joint locking and muscle spasms, which are common
- Cause pain in the ear, jaw, face or mouth
What Causes It?
The cause of the disorder is a misaligned bite. This painful alignment can happen for multiple reasons, including:
- Uneven teeth from natural causes
- Dental procedures gone wrong
How Is It Treated?
Treatment may vary depending on the severity of the issue and the origins of the misalignment. Dr. Wolfe will inspect your bite to see the causes and appropriate approach. He will customize a treatment plan that is right for you. Treatments include wearing a mouth guard or receiving a bite adjustment. To learn more about the disorder and the options for TMJ treatment in Rochester Hills, MI, contact Dr. Wolfe online or call (248) 243-1039 to schedule an appointment.
Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, can occur in children and adults, although many children eventually outgrow the condition. It can also begin later in life as a result of stress or a bite disorder such as TMJ.
Many people are unaware of their bruxism – they don’t realize that they are grinding or clenching either during the day or in their sleep. Common signs can include flattened, fractured, or chipped teeth, worn tooth enamel, tooth sensitivity, jaw or face pain, and tired or tight jaw muscles. Those who grind their teeth at night often wake up with a headache or mouth and jaw pain.
Teeth grinding is often (though not always) caused by stress or a bite disorder. Rochester, MI Dentist Dr. Matthew Wolfe offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for teeth grinding, as well as restorative dental procedures to address a bite problem or tooth damage.
One of the most common and conservative treatments for teeth grinding and bruxism is a mouth guard. A mouth guard may not stop grinding altogether, but will lessen its effects on your teeth, mouth, and jaw. Worn while you sleep, a mouth guard provides many benefits. It protects enamel from eroding from grinding and can prevent further damage to teeth and gums.
If a bite disorder is the underlying cause of your teeth grinding, Dr. Wolfe will recommend the appropriate treatment to restore balance to your bite, alleviate bruxism and restore your dental health.
If you are experiencing the signs or symptoms of teeth grinding/bruxism, discuss your concerns during your next routine dental care visit with Dr. Wolfe, or call to schedule an initial visit in our Rochester, MI dentist office.
Addressing teeth grinding as soon as possible is important for avoiding tooth damage or even tooth loss which can affect your daily quality of life.
Friday, November 28th, 2014
Frequent headaches, jaw pain, ear pain and a popping jaw that can make chewing difficult are all possible symptoms of a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), usually referred to as TMJ.
Patients who suffer from any or all of the above symptoms may not realize that they have a bite disorder until they visit with Dr. Matt Wolfe of Signature Dentistry in Rochester. Dr. Wolfe is a graduate of the Dawson Academy, where dentists have developed the concept of complete dentistry: taking a comprehensive approach to all patients, seeking to understand the underlying cause of any dental health problems before recommending a treatment plan to address symptoms. In this way, dentistry can offer lasting results that benefit both oral and overall health.
Dr. Wolfe offers several TMJ therapy treatment options for patients diagnosed with TMJ, including splint therapy and oral appliance therapy. In many cases, these conservative treatments can address symptoms and help to restore balance in the bite by preventing teeth grinding and jaw clenching- often the underlying cause of recurring headaches and jaw pain in many patients.
For patients who have sustained damage to the teeth due to the effects of TMJ, Dr. Wolfe may recommend a restorative treatment to realign the bite by adjusting the surface of the teeth or repairing damaged teeth. This could be accomplished with tooth bonding, dental crowns, veneers or other restorative procedures.
The goal of TMJ therapy is to restore balance to a patient’s bite, thus alleviating pressure on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and relieving the associated symptoms. This is important for maintaining optimal dental health and avoiding further dental health issues which can arise when TMJ is left untreated.
If you have been suffering with any of the above mentioned TMJ symptoms in Rochester Hills, MI, contact Dr. Wolfe at Signature Dentistry of Rochester and begin to restore your oral health!