Do you have recurring headaches that have no apparent cause?
Do you often wake up with ear, neck or facial pain?
Many people suffer unknowingly from Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and never think to mention these symptoms to their dentist because they are not typically associated with dental health problems. At G Family Dentistry in Plano, TX, Dr. Grapevine and Dr. treats patients with TMD and has extensive post graduate training in the areas of TMD and bite disorders. His experience and training has enabled him to correctly diagnose the root cause of TMD in his patients and offer effective and long lasting treatment and TMJ therapy.
Signs and symptoms of TMD include:
- Shoulder, neck, facial pain
- Clicking or popping when opening or closing jaw
- Locked jaw or limited mobility in the jaw joint
- Teeth clenching, teeth grinding, often accompanied by tooth wear
- Chronic earaches
At his Dallas area dental office, Dr. Grapevine takes the time with each patient to perform a thorough exam of the entire occlusal system, looking for signs of unusual wear on the teeth and gums that may indicate that the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is out of balance. An incorrect bite can lead to tooth grinding, which frequently occurs during sleep and puts pressure on the TMJ, resulting in the head, ear and radiating pain a patient may experience.
Dr. Grapevine uses some of the latest in dental technology to evaluate the bite and devise a customized treatment plan. Often a mouth guard is prescribed as part of the plan. The custom fit mouth guard is to be worn at night to prevent teeth grinding and allow the TMJ to relax. Teeth grinding can lead to other dental health issues such as gum disease or can damage the teeth. Teeth grinding is a common symptom of TMD and the use of a mouth guard can often bring welcome relief to a patient suffering with headaches and other symptoms.
Contact Dr. Grapevine at G Family Dentistry in Plano, TX to schedule a consultation today.