Do you suffer from a jaw that feels sore every morning? Are there clicking and popping noises when you move to chew or speak? Do constant headaches cause severe dysfunction in your normal schedule? All of these are symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (also known as TMJ or TMD), which is a caused by the poor alignment of your jaw joint. This misalignment can lead to excessive tension in your jaw muscles, as well as adverse effects relating to your nerves and ligaments. Thankfully, you don’t have to suffer. As a neuromuscular dentist, Dr. Scott Grivas, and his Sacramento staff can comfortably correct any occlusal disharmonies and get you back to living your life to the fullest!
Common Symptoms of TMJ/TMD Disorder
Aside from the ones listed above, other telling symptoms that may indicate the presence of TMJ/TMD disorder include:
- The inability to sleep well
- Ringing in the ears
- Chronic sinus problems
- Nighttime clenching and grinding of the teeth
- Teeth that feel worn down, fractured, or loose
- A severe underbite or overbite
- Tingling in the hands and fingers
- Dizziness, nausea or equilibrium issues
However, many of the patients we’ve seen don’t even realize they may have TMJ/TMD disorder until they experience severe pain in or around the jaw. That’s why Dr. Grivas check these areas during your regular six-month evaluation.
The first step towards returning your jaw to its ideal alignment is an accurate diagnosis of your unique condition. Dr. Grivas are very familiar with both major and minor symptoms of this disorder. Therefore, he’s able to design and create a customized fixed or removable orthotic that will help us determine the perfect position for your bite. Once we’ve discovered that, we can work towards shifting your jaw in a permanent manner. That crucial element should make your headaches and any other painful symptoms vanish.
To pursue this goal, we utilize the revolutionary technology of a TENS unit, which sends electrical signals that massage and loosen your jaw muscles, thus allowing them to work much better. Once we’ve completed this process, if opening and closing your jaw is much easier and less painful, then that’s a clear sign that you were suffering TMJ/TMD disorder.
Don’t let TMJ/TMD disorder ruin your beautiful smile. Instead, find the skilled and warm support you need in Sacramento, CA. Dr. Grivas has one of the most high-tech neuromuscular dentistry practices in the area. So, whether you need advanced treatment or a routine cleaning and hygiene visit, your oral health and happiness are always our top priority. Contact us today if you have any questions, or if you’d like to schedule your first appointment. We also welcome new patients from the areas of West Sacramento, Florin, La Riviera, Rosemont, and beyond.