A balanced bite is a healthy bite, and even a minor disruption of the jaw joints can have a large impact on your dental health. To ensure comprehensive care for your teeth and gums, choose a general dentist who is trained to diagnose and treat jaw joint problems. Bascom Family Dental is proud to offer state-of-the-art TMD treatment for San Jose patients experiencing symptoms of a bad bite.
Jaw Joint Problems
The Temporomandibular Joint, or TMJ, is the ball and socket joint on either side of the head that makes jaw movement possible. The proper function of these joints is crucial for eating and speaking. Just like any other joint in the body, the TMJ is susceptible to injury and disease. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) refers to a wide range of dysfunction that can occur with the jaw joints.
Effects of a Bite Imbalance
When the upper and lower teeth do not come together in a comfortable and symmetrical rest position, a person is said to have an imbalanced bite, one of the main causes of jaw joint (neuromuscular) problems. San Jose patients seek out our neuromuscular treatment for a variety of reasons. Some of the more common symptoms of a bite imbalance include:
Treatment Options for TMD
Dr. Karan Mody at Bascom Family Dental can diagnose and treat mild jaw joint problems, and we refer more involved cases to a local specialist. In many instances, jaw joint problems can be solved with simple resting and jaw exercises and lifestyle adjustments. Symptom management may include avoidance of tough foods, heat therapy, and anti-inflammatory or pain medications. Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures can help restore balance in the bite by ensuring teeth fit together perfectly. For some patients, a night guard or other orthotic device works great for preventing grinding and gently encouraging the lower jaw into a better position.
Our neuromuscular team can help you get to the root of the problem with expert TMD diagnosis and treatment. To learn more about jaw joint problems and solutions, please contact Bascom Family Dental today. We offer consultations with our San Jose Dentist Dr. Karan Mody, as well as affordable financing plans.
For more information and scheduling options please call Bascom Family Dental at (408)247-8001, Dr Mody would love to hear from you!
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