Everyday problems cause some Palm Harbor people to respond by clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth. For example, daily commuting in Trinity can take a physical toll. All the traffic, noise, and perpetual road construction causes some people to grind their teeth as they navigate the sea of cars on packed expressways.
Some Palm Harbor residents who hate waiting in long lines channel their frustration to their jaw as they try, by the sheer force of will, to cause the line to move faster.
Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can cause a painful condition called TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. In Palm Harbor, TMD is often mistakenly called ‘TMJ’: the acronym for Temporomandibular Joint.
Your jaw is able to open and close thanks to many jaw muscles and the intricate temporomandibular joints. These joints allow for fluid mobility as you chew, speak, and yawn.
Damage to these vital joints can lead to acute pain in the jaw, head, face and neck. Pain may be experienced on one or both sides of the jaw.
TMD is an often misdiagnosed condition in Palm Harbor because facial pain can result from a variety of troubles, not just damage to the temporomandibular joints. Sinus infections, tooth decay, and facial inuries can cause jaw pain. A correct diagnosis is the first step in treating TMD.
At Prestige Dentistry we have been diagnosing and treating TMD since 1986, working with other specialists when required. If you are experiencing clicking, popping, or discomfort in your jaw, call Prestige Dentistry today for a diagnosis and treatment plan. We are devoted to providing high quality dentistry to the residents of Palm Harbor, Trinity, and East Lake.
Prestige Dentistry not only treats TMD, but we redesign smiles with state-of-the art cosmetic dental smile makeovers. In addition, we offer cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, and restorative dentistry.
Your smile is contagious! Make sure it is healthy and beautiful. Call Prestige Dentistry today at 727-478-0488 to schedule a consultation or examination.