March 10, 2015
We know what you’re thinking… thank goodness for my temporomandibular joints. Where would I be without them? No, you’re not thinking that? Well then, perhaps now you’re wonder what are and where are my temporomandibular joints. These joints are positioned on either side of your face just in front of your ears. They allow you to open your mouth so you can speak, eat, yawn and laugh. Unfortunately but like other bodily joints, your temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, can malfunction. Fortunately, however, there is TMJ therapy from Generations Dental Care in Concord, NH, to help relieve what can often be painful symptoms.
When your TMJs malfunction, the condition is called TMJ disorder or dysfunction. Although symptoms can vary from patient to patient, the most common is pain in the jaw joint. Other symptoms include:
- A clicking or popping sound when you open or close your mouth
- The feeling of an earache in the absence of infection
- Sensitive teeth
- Swelling on the side of your face
- Headaches or pain around the ears, neck and shoulders
- Changes in you bite or the alignment of your teeth
- Stiffness or a locked feeling in your jaw
TMJ Therapy from Generations Dental Care
The most frequent cause of TMJ disorder is stress, which leads to teeth clenching and grinding, especially at night. If you are diagnosed with TMJ disorder, then Generations Dental Care can prescribe a custom-designed nightguard to reduce teeth clenching and grinding. This helps to alleviate muscle tension and pain. Most TMJ therapy patients have relief from their symptoms almost immediately, with the best results occurring after a few weeks of continued use.
Call Our Office Today
If you are experiencing any of the painful symptoms of TMJ disorder listed above, then schedule an appointment at Generations Dental Care. Our TMJ therapy in Concord, NH, will provide relief. We also serve patients from Penacook, Bow, Canterbury, Chichester, Pembroke, Manchester, Hooksett, Boscawen, Epsom, Hopkinton and Loudon.
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June 3, 2014
Do you often wake up in the morning with a sore jaw and a pounding headache? Are your shoulders and neck often stiff and achy, but you can’t figure out why? It is possible that you are suffering from a condition called temporomandibular Joint disorder, or TMJ disorder. At Generations Dental Care in Concord, NH, our experienced team of doctors offers a variety of general dentistry solutions, including TMJ therapy.
The Importance of TMJ Therapy
The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects your lower jaw, or mandible, to your cranium. When these joints become irritated due to injury, bruxism (teeth grinding), or repeated clenching of the jaw, the patient experiences a variety of undesirable symptoms, including:
- Recurrent migraines
- Pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulders, and jaw
- A sore, throbbing jaw
- A popping or clicking sound when the jaw is opened and closed
- Facial pain
- Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears
Over time, untreated TMJ disorder can result in gradual damage to the muscles and ligaments of the jaw. Fortunately, TMJ therapy at Generations Dental Care can help. Our doctors will take the time to talk with you about your symptoms, as well as explain our treatment options to determine which service would best suit your individual needs. We can provide you with a customized oral appliance that helps to alleviate tension and pressure, allowing you to get a restful night’s sleep without any of the pain caused by TMJ disorder.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you think that you are a loved one is suffering from the effects of TMJ disorder, contact our office today to schedule your consultation with our experienced doctors and staff. We look forward to helping you finally find lasting relief from the pain associated with this common condition and moving on with your daily life in peace and comfort. Our family-friendly office in Concord, NH proudly serves patients from throughout the surrounding areas as well, including Manchester, Epsom, Loudon, Canterbury, Hooksett, Bow, Pembroke, Boscawen, Penacook, Hopkinton, and beyond.
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