Lewelling Dental Care Provides TMJ Pain Relief to San Lorenzo, CA Patients
If you grind your teeth at night or you wake up in the morning and your jaw muscles feel stiff and sore, you might be suffering from pain associated with TMJ disorder. TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, a joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull. When moving the joint becomes painful, it could be a sign of temporomandibular disorder, or TMD. At Lewelling Dental Care in San Lorenzo, CA, Dr. Shital Kazi has helped many patients relieve pain associated with TMJ.
The temporomandibular joint enables you to chew, talk, and yawn. However, patients suffering from TMD experience pain when opening and closing their mouth. This could lead to trouble chewing and other related issues. TMD causes the jaw to become stuck open or shut, as well as headaches, ear pain, clicking or popping sounds when opening their mouth, it could also perpetuate teeth grinding. TMD could be caused by a number of reasons including stress and continual clenching of the jaw muscles. Stress causes tension throughout the body and could cause a person to have tension in their jaw and clench their teeth. Grinding or clenching of the teeth puts a lot of pressure on the joint. This pressure can lead to TMD. For many patients, this occurs while sleeping and without them ever being aware of it. The problem can persist for years and do a lot of damage to the teeth, in addition to causing morning migraines and chronic discomfort. Dr. Shital Kazi helps patients find relief from these uncomfortable symptoms buy fitting her patients with custom night guards. Night guards work to prevent teeth grinding and relieve pressure on the joint.
If you suspect you may suffer from TMJ problems, visiting Dr. Shital Kazi at Lewelling Dental Care can help you determine whether or not you have TMD and what the cause may be. After you determine whether or not you have TMD, the proper steps can be taken towards finding relief. Dr. Shital Kazi provides her San Lorenzo, CA TMJ patients with night guards, as well as tips to avoid jaw pressure and teeth grinding. In more severe cases, surgical options can be utlized, but Dr. Kazi and her staff can help you fully assess your case and determine the best care option. Visit Lewelling Dental Care if you have questions about TMD and learn the best means of finding relief for your pain.
If you think that you might have TMD or you are experiencing jaw pain, contact Dr. Shital Kazi at 510-276-6040 or visit http://www.lewellingdental.com for more information.