296 Lowell St., Andover, MA 01810, (978) 475-2431

Archive:

Our BlogFacebookTwitter

 
Findatopdoc Top Doctor Badge

 

 



 

Posts for tag: tmj

By Advanced Dental Concepts
September 13, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tmj   jaw pain  

Get to the bottom of your pain so you can find the relief you deserve.jaw pain

Dealing with a nagging, painful jaw is nothing to scoff at. Anyone who deals with jaw pain on a regular basis may find it difficult to enjoy their favorite foods or may experience soreness just chatting with friends. If this is happening to you, our Andover, MA, dentist Dr. Richard Hopgood may have an explanation for what’s going on.

There are a few different reasons why you may be experiencing jaw pain, so it can be difficult to pinpoint the issue on your own without a little help from our Andover, MA, general dentist. Here are some common reasons your jaw may feel sore.

You are a Teeth Grinder

Most people don’t know that they grind their teeth, often because they do it in the middle of the night while they are asleep. Of course, during your routine dental cleaning, we may be able to see some signs that you grind your teeth such as excessively worn areas of a tooth. If you don’t get the treatment you need to stop this nasty habit then you may face other issues like sore, achy or painful jaws. Luckily, teeth grinding can often be managed by wearing a custom-made mouthguard while you sleep.

You Have a TMJ Disorder

This is another common problem that may occur for a number of reasons, from traumatic injuries to the jaw to structural imbalances. Along with jaw pain, you may also notice a popping or clicking sound when you open or close your mouth or while chewing. You may also experience headaches, earaches and even neck pain as a result.

You Have an Oral Health Problem

Of course, there are loads of other reasons why jaw pain may be present. While teeth grinding and TMJ disorders tend to be the most common, this doesn’t mean that an abscess (a dental infection), cavities or gum disease can’t also manifest jaw pain, as well. A misaligned smile may also put too much pressure on certain teeth, which can also lead to jaw discomfort.

As you can see, there are quite a few reasons why you may experience jaw pain. Isn’t it time you got to the bottom of your issues? Seek the care you need from Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, MA. Call our office and schedule your next visit with Dr. Hopgood today.

By Advanced Dental Concepts
December 08, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tmj disorders   tmd   tmj  
ClickingJawWhenShouldYouBeConcerned

Have you noticed a clicking, popping, or grating sound when you open or close your jaw? As many as 36 million U.S. adults experience this phenomenon in one or both of the joints that connect the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull.

While the sounds may be disconcerting, there’s generally no cause for concern in the absence of other symptoms. They’re most likely caused by a harmless shift in the position of the disk inside each temporomandibular (jaw) joint, and it can diminish or disappear entirely over time. But, if you’re also experiencing persistent discomfort, severe pain, or limited function in your jaw (which can include getting it “stuck” in an opened or closed position), then you may be suffering from a temporomandibular joint disorder — part of a complex set of conditions affecting one or both jaw joints, muscles and/or other surrounding tissues. (You may have heard the condition called TMJ, which is actually the abbreviation for the temporomandibular joint itself. Health care professionals prefer TMJD or TMD.)

Depending on the severity, TMD can interfere with your ability to speak, chew and even make facial expressions. The cause is unclear, but genes, gender, environment, stress and behavior are believed to play a role. It can also be symptomatic of a larger medical problem, such as fibromyalgia, which can produce pain all over the body.

Management Options for TMD

TMD traditionally was viewed as a bite problem (malocclusion) requiring mechanical correction — e.g., through orthodontic braces or surgery. But the current therapeutic model approaches TMD as an orthopedic problem (joint inflammation, muscle soreness, strained tendons and ligaments, and disk damage) and favors a sequence of conservative, reversible procedures — hot or cold compresses in the jaw area, soft foods, physical therapy/massage, medication, and/or a bite guard to decrease pressure on jaw joints from tooth clenching and grinding — prior to more aggressive, irreversible treatment alternatives.

If you would like more information about TMD, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Seeking Relief from TMD” and “Chronic Jaw Pain and Associated Conditions.”