Living with TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain can make everyday tasks seem impossible, from biting and chewing food to concentrating on work and socializing with others. Fortunately, our team at Carrollwood Village Dental offers effective and gentle treatment to relieve your pain and discomfort.
What Is TMJ?
People commonly think TMJ is a disorder, but it actually refers to the temporomandibular joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull and allows the mouth to open and close. Disorders of the jaw joint and muscles are referred to as temporomandibular disorder (TMD).
Signs and Symptoms of TMD
- TMD has several signs and symptoms, including:
- Chronic pain in the neck, shoulders, and head
- Pain when chewing, yawning, or speaking
- Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
- Popping or click of the jaw
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Locked jaw
- Damage to the teeth
- Tooth pain and sensitivity
Reasons for TMD vary from person to person, and Dr. Mancuso will take the time to understand your symptoms fully so he can provide the best treatment possible. We provide customized splint therapy and nightguards to alleviate painful symptoms of TMD.
Customized TMD Treatment in Tampa, FL
At Carrollwood Village Dental, we offer personalized and effective oral appliance therapy, such as nightguards and splints. These appliances gently reposition the jaws and prevent the joint from shifting, clicking, or popping out of alignment. They also protect the teeth from grinding against each other and causing potential dental or nerve damage.
We take impressions of your mouth and fabricate the nightguards, so they fit your smile’s unique contours. Using nightguards and splints can relieve the pressure from the joint and surrounding muscles, allowing your joint to function smoothly. Nightguards can be worn during sleep, and splints can be worn throughout the day or night, as directed by your dentist.
Are You Tired of Jaw Pain? Contact Your Tampa Dentist Today
If you suffer from TMJ pain and you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mancuso, please contact our Tampa, FL dental office today. We offer various therapies that can help you reposition your bite, relieve your discomfort, and improve your mouth’s essential functions.
We look forward to helping you find relief!