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By Charles H. Dean DDS
December 04, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tmj  

Issues with eating or speaking due to jaw pain can be as frustrating as they can be uncomfortable. Working together with your dentist to get to the bottom of your jaw pain is an important first step to getting the treatment you need. Learn more about jaw pain, issues such as TMJ disorder, and more with Dr. Charles Dean and Dr. Christopher Cripe at Beavercreek Dental Group in Beavercreek, OH serving the Fairborn and Dayton, OH areas.

Common Causes of Jaw Pain
Often, jaw pain is mild and comes from simple overuse or strain. However, some cases last an extended amount of time and become more severe, symptoms that can indicate conditions like temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, disorder. This condition affects the joints at either side of your jaw, causing one or both of them to become inflamed, painful, and causing problems with speaking or eating.

Do I have TMJ Disorder?
The symptoms of TMJ disorder are often easy to spot and quite obvious to sufferers:

  • Jaw pain or discomfort
  • Discomfort around the area of the ear or face
  • A clicking or popping sound when opening the mouth
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Locking of the jaw joint in the open position

If you suspect that you have TMJ disorder, you should consult with your dentist to ensure that you find the best treatment for you and your condition. Your doctor will usually suggest a physical examination to inspect your mouth and jaw to rule out other conditions and assess your symptoms before diagnosing TMJ disorder.

TMJ Disorder Treatments in Beavercreek, OH 
Treating TMJ disorder depends on the severity of your condition, the stage in which it is diagnosed, and your lifestyle. In some cases, your dentist may suggest simple lifestyle changes like reducing stress or avoiding chewy foods. Some cases of TMJ disorder may require that you undergo certain dental procedures to ensure an even bite. A nightguard or splint can help remove pressure from the joint to gain some relief. Medication or, in severe cases, surgery, can also help relieve the symptoms of TMJ disorder.

For more information on TMJ or its common causes and treatments, please contact Dr. Charles Dean and Dr. Christopher Cripe at Beavercreek Dental Group in Beavercreek, OH serving the Fairborn and Dayton, OH areas. Call 937-429-3160 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Charles H. Dean DDS
April 11, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: jaw pain   tmj   tmd  

What is that weird popping sound? Is it coming from your jaw? It happens when you open and close your mouth and sometimes when you jaw painchew. Your jaw hurts, too. These symptoms and more often characterize a common oral health condition called TMJ/TMD, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Dr. Charles Dean and Dr. Christopher Cripe understand how frustrating and debilitating this problem can be, and they offer helpful TMJ/TMD treatment at Beavercreek Dental Group.

Reasons for TMJ/TMD

Approximately 10 million Americans suffer from some degree of TMJ/TMD, affecting the hinge-like joints at both sides of the skull. While jaw pain and those odd clicking and popping sounds are very common, these symptoms may occur, too:

  • Ear pain
  • Headaches
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Neck, back and shoulder pain
  • Dizziness
  • Painful biting and chewing

While TMJ/TMD affects all kinds of people, women in their younger years seem more prone.

When a person is under a lot of stress, teeth clenching or grinding, called bruxism, may result. Bruxism can lead to the pain and stiffness of TMJ/TMD and can wear out tooth enamel, causing an uneven dental bite. An uneven bite may precipitate jaw pain, and on and on, the dysfunctional cycle goes. Arthritis in the jaw joint leads to pain and stiffness, too.

Treating TMJ/TMD

Dr. Dean and Dr. Cripe diagnose TMJ/TMD by gently feeling the jaw joints, asking you to open and close your mouth, with digital X-ray imaging, with a comprehensive oral examination and by symptomology. In other words, what you experience helps the dentist pinpoint TMJ/TMD and to determine how treatment should proceed at Beaver Creek Dental Group.

Common interventions are minimally invasive. Surgery to correct TMJ/TMD is not the first choice. Your dentist at Beavercreek Dental Group may advise:

  • Muscle relaxants
  • Stretching exercises
  • Orthodontic treatment to correct dental bite
  • Dental crowns

Another important intervention is the custom-made bite guard. This acrylic device fits comfortably within the mouth and reduces the effects of painful bruxism.

You can feel better

TMJ/TMD treatment will manage your symptoms so you feel and function at your best. To arrange a consultation with Dr. Dean or Dr. Cripe, contact the office team at Bearcreek Dental Group: (937) 429-3160.

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