If you wake up in the morning with pain in your jaw, or with a jaw that feels very stiff, you may indeed have TMJ. TMJ is a disorder in which a patient will tightly clench his or her teeth either knowingly or unknowingly, resulting in problems from this strong jaw pressure. Our TMJ dentist in Richmond, Dr. Fred L Ballou, specializes in TMJ disorders and will be able to provide treatment for this serious problem.
Dr. Ballou has had advanced training in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. He also successfully treats many patients who are having problems with TMJ disorders. TMJ disorder can cause pain, or a clicking sound when you open your mouth. The chewing muscles of the jaw no longer work together as well as they once did. The name of the joint that connects your jaw to the skull is the temporomandibular joint, referred to as TMJ. TMJ problems can lead to more serious conditions, so if you are experiencing symptoms of TMJ, you will want to see our TMJ dentist in Richmond for treatment.
TMJ treatment will help you to have a healthier and more comfortable jaw. TMJ can develop for several different reasons. If you clench your jaw tightly or grind your teeth, this can cause TMJ problems. Some patients have a damaged jaw due to injury, or disease. Arthritis can damage your jaw or tear the jaw’s ligaments or muscles. If you have any of these following symptoms you should come in to see our TMJ dentist in Richmond. Do you grind or clench your teeth? When you wake up, do you have stiff muscles around your jaws? Do you have frequent headaches and neck aches that you do not know the cause of? Is it painful to open your mouth? Is it difficult for you to use your front teeth to bite food? These are just some of the symptoms of TMJ. Our expert dentist will be able to diagnose your particular situation and let you know if you do indeed have TMJ. Treatment of TMJ focuses on relieving the muscle spasms and joint pain. This can be accomplished using a pain reliever or a muscle relaxant. Sometimes steroids can be injected directly into the jaw. Our dentist can provide you with different types of appliances, such as night guards, to help you stop clenching your teeth. This will reduce much tension at night, and will help to prevent the damage to the joint surfaces as well as your teeth. If you think you are suffering from TMJ, we hope you will make an appointment to visit our dental practice, Fred Ballou, for treatment.