There are many different theories as to why your TMJ may be causing you pain. Genetics, arthritis, stress, and injuries are some of the contributing factors that can cause problems with your TMJ and result in TMD.
Some people may be predisposed to TMD. Though both men and women are diagnosed as having TMD, it has been found to be diagnosed more frequently in women than men. Your bone structure and joints may also be contributing factors to TMD.
There are over the counter and prescription medications that the dentist may suggest you use to take care of your discomfort.
If missing, impaired, or misaligned teeth are causing uneven stress and pain the dentist or specialist may be able to use crowns, partial dentures, or braces to reduce the stress and pain. Placement of implants or other oral surgical procedures may also be done to relieve your discomfort.
Dr. Sheri Watkins works closely with medical professionals in LaBelle, Immokalee, Lehigh Acres, and surrounding areas who specialize in TMD to deliver you the best treatments possible.
As soon as you feel pain or experience issues that you think may be associated with TMD, you should make an appointment with a dentist.
These pains and issues may include but are not limited to:
- Difficulty opening your mouth widely
- Feeling tired in your face
- Experiencing tenderness or pain in your teeth, jaw joint area, face, ears, neck, head and/or shoulders
- Difficulty chewing
- Getting jaws stuck closed or open
- Swelling of the sides of your face
- Difficulty speaking
Though these may be signs of other problems, it is best to seek the opinion of a professional.
During your regular dental checkup, the dentist will inspect your jaw and bite to see if there are any signs of TMJ problems even if you do not notice any symptoms. The dentist may reference X-ray images, MRI tests, and/or CT scans to better diagnose you.
For over 26 years Dr. Sheri Watkins has treated patients with all sorts of TMJ issues. Sometimes the solutions are simple and quick, while other times they can be a bit more complicated.
If you’re concerned about your TMJ give us a call at 863-674-0799. We are happy to find a time that works for you to come in and see us.
With our extensive experience diagnosing and treating TMD, you can rest assure that you are in good hands.