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The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your lower jaw to your skull, controlling functions such as chewing, yawning and talking. When the joint causes chronic discomfort, you may have a condition known as temporomandibular disorder or TMD. Symptoms of TMD include:

  • Pain when opening or closing mouth
  • Teeth grinding
  • Headaches
  • Ear pain
  • Trouble chewing
  • Clicking sounds when opening your mouth

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, your Sevierville, Tennessee dental team can confirm whether indeed you have TMD, as well as help find solutions for the pain and discomfort.

Treatment for TMD

Pippin Dental Care offers a professionial consultation to determine if you indeed suffering from dental pain owing to TMD.

Before your consultation, during which permanent solutions are made available, short term management of your TMD symptoms may include use of hot or cold compresses, and over-the-counter pain relievers. Your next best step, however, is to receive a proper diagnosis to determine the source of your discomfort.

Teeth grinding is one of the most common symptoms of TMD. Even if you don’t have TMD, but grind your teeth, it can damage your teeth enamel and irritate your gums. It may also disturb your spouse’s sleep. A night guard can reduce the effects of teeth grinding, which can often alleviate much of the pain. A night guard created by a dental lab is fitted to your mouth and is a conservative, low cost way to help you avoid more costly dental repairs.

While surgery for TMD is an option, it is typically reserved for the most serious cases.

Behavioral changes can also reduce the discomfort associated with TMD or teeth grinding. You may need to reduce drinks with alcohol and caffeine, and refrain from chewing gum or other objects. Training your jaw to be relaxed rather than clenched may help you stop grinding your teeth, as well.

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Schedule your appointment with Dr. William Pippin to discuss your dental needs. We’d be happy to help you find solutions for your teeth grinding and TMD. You don’t have to live your life in pain from jaw problems.

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