A bite problem, or temporomandibular disorder (TMD), can not only be the cause of a range of painful symptoms, but can also compromise the results of dental treatments and procedures. Dr. Evans and Dr. Ziemba look for the common signs of a bite problem during dental exams, which can include worn and damaged teeth.
Commonly called TMJ, a bite disorder can detrimentally affect your overall dental health and should be addressed to restore both comfort and function.
Common Signs of TMJ
- Frequent headaches
- Ear pain or feeling of fullness
- Jaw pain or discomfort
- Difficulty chewing properly
- Worn or damaged teeth
- Teeth grinding and jaw clenching
TMJ Treatment Options
Dr. Evans or Dr. Ziemba will recommend a personalized treatment plan after a thorough exam and diagnosis of a TMJ disorder. Treatment options will depend on the severity of your dental concern, possible tooth damage and an assessment of your overall lifestyle.
In some cases, reducing stress and improving relaxation and sleep can make a significant difference in the effects of teeth grinding. Dr. Evans and Dr. Ziemba frequently recommend the use of a mouth guard during sleep or stressful situations to prevent teeth grinding and help to position the jaw correctly.
Additional treatment options for TMJ can include:
- Restorative dental treatments: for patients with tooth damage, restorative dental treatments may be necessary to repair teeth and restore a comfortable bite. These can include dental crowns, dental veneers or tooth bonding.
- Orthodontics: if misaligned teeth are the cause of your bite problem, we may recommend orthodontic treatment to balance the bite.
Schedule A Consultation
If you have been experiencing any of the common symptoms of TMJ or have concerns about the fit of your bite, schedule an appointment at Pioneer Valley Dental Arts in Longmeadow. Dr. Evans and Dr. Ziemba welcome new patients and offer sedation dentistry for those suffering from fear of the dentist or dental anxiety.
The goal of your recommended treatment is to restore a comfortable, balanced and healthy bite for lasting dental health.