Everyday problems cause some Chandler people to respond by clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth. For example, daily commuting in Phoenix can take a physical toll. All the traffic, noise, and perpetual road construction causes some people to grind their teeth as they navigate the sea of cars on packed freeways.
Some Chandler residents who hate waiting in long lines channel their frustration to their jaw as they try, by the sheer force of will, to cause the line to move faster.
Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can cause a painful condition called TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. In Chandler, TMD is often mistakenly called ‘TMJ’: the acronym for Temporomandibular Joint.
Your jaw is able to open and close thanks to many jaw muscles and the intricate temporomandibular joints. These joints allow for fluid mobility as you chew, speak, and yawn.
Damage to these essential joints can lead to extreme pain in the jaw, head, face and neck. Pain may be experienced on one or both sides of the jaw.
TMD is an often misdiagnosed condition in Chandler because facial pain can result from a variety of problems, not just damage to the temporomandibular joints. Sinus infections, tooth decay, and facial inuries can cause jaw pain. A correct diagnosis is the first step in treating TMD.
At Harris Dental we have been diagnosing and treating TMD since 1979, working with other specialists when needed. If you are experiencing clicking, popping, or discomfort in your jaw, call Harris Dental today for a diagnosis and treatment plan.
I am Harris Dental and I am dedicated to providing high quality dentistry to the residents of Chandler, Phoenix, and Scottsdale.
Harris Dental not only treats TMD, but we redesign smiles with state-of-the art smile redesigns. Furthermore, we offer cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, and sedation dentistry.
Your smile is contagious! Make sure it is healthy and beautiful. Call Harris Dental today at 480-428-0040 to schedule a consultation or examination.