Understanding and Treating TMD in San Ramon, CA - TMJ Therapeutic Solutions
The temporomandibular joint plays a significant role in facilitating oral function. From chewing and swallowing to even breathing, damage to this connective joint can negatively impact a patient’s oral functionality and encourage the onset of a number of other oral problems. At New Age Dentistry, San Ramon TMJ dentist Dr. Sherry Steinmetz
specializes in helping patients regain full dental function through comprehensive therapies and treatments.
What is TMD?
TMD refers to a number of conditions characterized by pain in the jaw joint and surrounding tissue which restricts total jaw function. While there is no singular cause of TMD, a number of factors can increase the likelihood of developing TMD in the future, such as bruxism, stress, trauma to the joint, and certain forms or arthritis. Condyles on the mandible, and soft tissue discs between the condyle and corresponding sockets, allow for smooth motion along the temporal bone on either side of the skull. Muscles and ligaments attached to the mandible allow the jaw to move, providing patients with a range of motion.
Proper function is only possible when each of these components works correctly in relation to the other components. Damage to one part can put the others at risk of damage and may trigger joint dysfunction, also known as TMD.
Identifying the Symptoms of TMD
Given the position of the joint and its overall function, it is no wonder that many of the symptoms of TMD are often manifested throughout a patient’s upper body. Patients experiencing TMJ-related problems may notice an onset of dental, head, and neck problems, including:
Clenching or Grinding
Jaw Stiffness and limited mobility
Painful clicking, popping, or grating when opening or closing the mouth
Pain in the jaw joint, neck, and shoulders
Ear pain, pressure, or ringing
If left untreated, the symptoms caused by TMD can be particularly debilitating, preventing many from being able to enjoy full oral function. With advances in modern dental technology, our San Ramon TMD dentist is able to create a bite stabilization device to help relieve your TMJ-related pain.
Also known as an orthotic, this type of oral appliance is often worn at night to separate jaw arches and prevent patients from grinding their teeth. When combined with other at-home remedies that include stress management, relaxation techniques ,and the development of a soft-foods diet, our San Ramon dentist is able to help patients regain full oral function. For more severe cases of TMJ, Dr. Steinmetz may recommend long-term management with orthodontics to correct the bite and adjust the position of the jaw, relieving the symptoms of TMJ in a more extensive method.
Contact our TMJ Relief Dentist Today
At New Age Dentistry of San Ramon, our mission is to help patients regain total oral function through effective management of their TMJ dysfunction symptoms. Through our multi-faceted approach to TMJ pain relief, Dr. Steinmetz is able to develop tailored treatment plans that yield lasting results. To schedule your TMD consultation, contact our San Ramon dentist today.