IS TEETH GRINDING CAUSING YOUR TMJ PAIN?
The pain of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) can strike without warning and last indefinitely. Pain in your jaw, face, and head are strong indicators of the condition but when coupled with other vague symptoms like airway problems, it can delay your diagnosis.
FINDING THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM WITH COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS
Teeth grinding (bruxism), a result of stress or misalignment of the jaw, is related to TMD. TMD can be a complex condition and it is important to be able to analyze the entire masticatory system. TMD can disrupt many different parts of the masticatory system, including the throat and airway which can lead to sleep apnea. With JVA, Dr. Pfister can analyze the joint itself, the muscles, the forces and pressure points on teeth, and how chewing patterns are involved to pinpoint the exact area that needs to be addressed.
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY AND ENHANCED DIAGNOSTICS
Dr. Timothy Pfister utilizes advanced technology, like Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA) to detect vibrations in the oral environment and pinpoint the cause of jaw pain. The entire process takes only seconds yet Dr. Pfister will be able to formulate a comprehensive, complete diagnosis of what is going on, what should be done, and in what sequence.
COMMON CAUSES OF TMD
- Bruxism/teeth grinding
- Teeth clenching
- Arthritis of the jaw joint
- Injury or trauma
If you think that you have bruxism or TMJ disorder, call our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pfister. We have the tools and training to diagnose and treat your condition. Dr. Pfister has advanced training and certifications, along with 34 years of experience in dentistry to provide effective TMD treatment.