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Your TMJ is your temporomandibular joint, which connects your skull to your jaw. If you have difficulty with your TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), that’s when you need to call our St. Petersburg, FL dentist. Fortunately for individuals with TMD, Jeffery A. Spilman, DDS has a simple solution that can:Dr. Spilman on treating TMJ Read Transcript
You know, if you see 10 different dentists regarding your joint pain in your jaw, you're probably going to get 10 different answers. I'd like to start simple first, and that's your jaw, or your TMJ, or your TMD, or however you prefer to call it, is caused by some kind of habit: either grinding your teeth at night or clenching during the day. A lot of these symptoms can be solved by just wearing some kind of guard on your teeth. By keeping your teeth apart, it doesn't let the muscles contract which allows you to relax, jaw pain and neck pain subside. It leads to the point where the patient knows when they're stressed out, they can put their night guard back in.
Now, certainly joint problems get more and more complex from there. There could be skeletal abnormalities. There could be arthritic changes in the joint. For them, I know when it's time to refer to a specialist.
- End your TMJ pain
- Protect your teeth from damage due to teeth grinding (bruxism)
- Relieve headaches and migraines caused by TMD
Call us at 727-645-4727 for your free consultation.
Understanding TMJ Disorder And Bruxism
Some of the hallmarks of TMJ dysfunction are:
- A tendency for the jaw to “lock” open or shut.
- Audible popping and/or clicking when chewing or speaking.
- Swelling on one or both sides of the face, at the jaw joint.
- Pain or sensitivity in the face, especially around the jaw joint.
The cause of TMD is unknown, but it’s been well documented that grinding your teeth (bruxism) can make it worse. Let Dr. Spilman help prevent these symptoms and more with a trip to our office.
Prevent Nighttime Teeth Grinding
The first step to ending your pain from bruxism is to determine the extent of the damage to your mouth. During a regular dental exam, Dr. Spilman will check for signs of wear on the chewing surfaces of your teeth. If we find indications that you suffer from TMD, we will recommend that you wear a custom mouthguard or splint at night.
The mouthguard or splint you receive for TMD is not the same as an athletic mouthguard. This particular device is not designed to protect your teeth from a blow to the face. It’s meant to protect them from each other! To make the guard, we’ll take impressions of your teeth and send them to Glidewell Labs, where they will fabricate a high-quality “Comfort Splint” that can greatly alleviate your teeth grinding problem.
Many of our patients find that a splint or mouthguard is sufficient in alleviating their pain and fatigue. But if it turns out this is not the case for you, we’re still committed to helping you end your TMJ pain, even if it means referring you to someone outside our practice. Your comfort is our priority.
We know you’re tired of being tired! Stop the headaches, fatigue, and sore jaw with our tmj treatment and teeth grinding services Call Jeffery A. Spilman, DDS at 727-645-4727 or contact us online for relief.