The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the joint that acts like a sliding hinge because it connects your jawbone to your skull. This joint is present on both sides of your jaw and is responsible for mouth movement. TMJ disorder, or TMD, is a catch-all term for a wide variety of potential issues affecting the jaw joint, face muscles, neck, and facial nerves. TMJ disorder can cause some people a lot of pain in their jaw joints and the surrounding muscles.
TMJ symptoms will be different for every patient. If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, we recommend scheduling an appointment with Dr. Sinclair and Dr. Reichley. Using the T-Scan, a digital bite analysis, they will be able to analyze your bite and quickly diagnose a TMJ disorder or bite problem.
Common symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
- Frequent headaches or migraine headaches
- Shoulder, neck, facial, or jaw 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 worn, chipped, or broken teeth
- Pain around the ears or earaches
- Teeth grinding
Orthodontics can support long-term oral health!
Orthodontics has grown to be one of the biggest fields of modern dentistry with thousands of children and adults receiving treatment each year for a variety of dental health issues.
Virginia Beach cosmetic dentist Dr. Cappy Sinclair of Coastal Cosmetic Dentistry offers his patients the option of Invisalign. With Invisalign invisible braces, no one will know that you are wearing braces- the clear retainers fit snugly on the teeth and are changed according to a customized schedule created by Dr. Sinclair that will gradually align your teeth and restore balance to your bite.
One of the added benefits of using invisible braces for orthodontic treatment is the ability to thoroughly clean teeth and gums because the retainers are removable. This also allows patients to receive a dental cleaning during treatment and reduce the development of tooth decay and gum disease.
Orthodontic treatment not only straightens teeth, it can restore balance to the bite by properly aligning the natural teeth and allowing the jaw to function without being stressed unnecessarily. This can alleviate the effects of a bite disorder such as TMJ and keep your smile strong and healthy for the long run!
If you have questions about how an Invisalign treatment could enhance your smile and/or improve your dental health, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sinclair near Chesapeake VA.