Ever been plagued by a nagging jaw pain or heard an annoying click when you munch on your favorite snack? If so, TMJ or TMD might be lurking around the corner. But, don’t worry! With Dr. Joshua Lange and the Posh Dental team on your side, relief is just a phone call away.
What is TMJ/TMD?
TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint — it's that crucial joint connecting your jawbone to your skull. Now, TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) refers to any issues or malfunctions with this joint.
Causes of TMD
While the exact cause of TMD isn't always clear-cut, several factors can contribute:
Grinding or clenching your teeth, often stress-induced.
Arthritis in the TMJ.
Injury to the jaw, the joint, or the muscles of your head and neck.
Movement of the soft cushion between the ball and socket of the joint.
Signs You Might Have TMD
If some of these symptoms seem familiar, you might want to see if you have TMD:
Pain in your jaw, face, or around your ears.
Difficulty or discomfort while chewing.
A locking sensation in the joint.
Annoying clicking, popping, or grating sounds when you chew or move your jaw.
Unexpected Connections: TMD and Sleep Apnea
TMD and sleep disorders like sleep apnea often overlap. If you're struggling with sleep disturbances and jaw pain, they might be more related than you think. The misalignment of the jaw joint can affect your airway, leading to disrupted sleep patterns.
Finding Relief: Treatment Options
Every individual's TMD experience is unique, so your treatment plan will be customized to you. Some treatment avenues include:
Dental splints or mouth guards: These can help if you're grinding your teeth at night.
Physical therapy: Exercises to strengthen your jaw muscles.
Medication: Pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, or even muscle relaxants can be prescribed.
Lifestyle changes: Mindful habits like avoiding gum or biting nails can help.
Dr. Lange will guide you through your options, ensuring you get the most effective and least invasive treatment.
Pricing and Insurance
Let's get real — healthcare costs can be daunting. At Posh Dental, our focus is on providing top-notch care that doesn't break the bank. While insurance coverage varies, many plans offer benefits for TMD treatments. Still unsure? Our office team has got your back. We'll help you navigate the financial aspects so you can focus on getting better.
Ready to Solve Your Jaw Pain? Call Us Today!
Temecula, don't let jaw pain interfere with your life. Dr. Lange and the Posh Dental team are here, ready to guide you toward relief. All it takes is a phone call. Call us at (951) 695-2222, and let’s start your journey to a pain-free, radiant smile. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!