At Bellevue, Washington’s Spektor Dental, it’s not just about filling cavities, promoting flossing and teeth whitening. Drs. Wendy and Michael Spektor also treat those who suffer from a lifetime of chronic jaw pain brought about by TMJ (also known to some as TMD).
If you have an aching jawbone, the two most likely suspects are Myofacial Pain Syndrome (MPS) or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ or TMD). Both of these conditions focus on the muscles of the jaw, with TMJ/TMD involving more than just the muscles.
In addition to pain, symptoms may include the inability to open your mouth wide — or at all. Chewing food is painful and ear pain is another symptom, as are teeth that don’t fit together properly. The causes of these ailments can vary, and include stress in the workplace and challenges in life.
Because TMJ/TMD and MPS are primarily muscle disorders, a resolution of the condition can take time. Relief may include
medication, oral exercises or wearing an oral appliance such as a bite protector or night guard to bed. If medications are prescribed, muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatory drugs are the most popular remedy. In addition, many dental practices — including ours — treat TMJ/TMD patients with Botox to help the muscles to relax. In that regard, we endorse a conservative treatment.
But first, you need to be seen by your dentist, and if you happen to live or work in the Bellevue, Washington, area, that dentist could be Dr. Michael Spektor. A dental team like the one here at Spektor Dental can Continue Reading »