You may be so used to it, that you almost forget about it—pain in your neck, stiffness and soreness in your jaw, tension that seems to radiate from your head through every part of your body. Then when you stop and try to relax, you realize just how much pain and soreness you’re living with every day. It’s possible that you’re suffering from TMD/TMJ in Boulder, or temporomandibular joint disorder.
Stop and think right now if you’ve experienced any of these symptoms:
- Neck, shoulder or back pain
- Facial pain
- Clicking or grating sounds in the jaw joints
- Limited movement or locking jaw
- Unexplained loose, worn, or cracked teeth
- Pain or soreness around the jaw joints
- Congestion or stuffiness of the ears
If your symptoms are the result of TMD, neuromuscular dentistry can adjust your bite and relax your muscles so they do not have to work so hard positioning the teeth to a strained bite. In short, you don’t have to live with chronic facial pain and headaches, tension, or jaw discomfort.
There are diagnostic tools and therapies that can relieve your symptoms by gently and naturally realigning your bite, relieving your pain, and avoiding tooth grinding and clenching. Depending on the specifics of your TMJ/TMD, Dr. Kalfas can custom-fit you with a bite guard, adjust your bite where necessary by shortening or building up your teeth, or in some cases, adjust the bite through dental restorations such as crowns. Her therapies for relieving your pain are gentle and non-invasive and she will use the most conservative treatments first.
If we’ve described your pain and symptoms in this article, relief can begin with a call to our dental office in Boulder. Dr. Kalfas has received specialized training in neuromuscular dentistry to help relieve your TMD symptoms.