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What It’s Like To Have Untreated TMJ Disorder

TMJ, Teeth Grinding Wellesley, MA Dentist | Tocci Dental Associates

Stop putting up with potentially debilitating pain caused by jaw troubles. If you want to find out if a teeth grinding and TMJ treatment could help you get out of pain and restore the proper function of your jaw joints, call Tocci Dental Associates at 781-304-8172 to book an evaluation with our professional team.

At our Wellesley, MA dentist office, we offer a wide variety of dentistry options and some services that you might not expect from a dental team. This is just part of our goal to be your one-stop shop for services that a dentist can provide.

Our dental practice has been serving our local city and surrounding communities for over three decades, so you can put your trust in our experience.

TMJ treatment can help you resolve a wide variety of issues with your jaw, including problems that you may not know are related to your joints, like teeth grinding and migraines and headaches. Below, we’ll go into an example of severe TMJ disorder to demonstrate just how badly jaw problems can get if left untreated.

To give you options when it comes to paying for the procedures and care options you need, we accept a variety of payments. You can even finance your bills through a third-party using CareCredit.

To better accommodate your busy schedule, we offer some flexible hours that many other dentists and doctor offices don’t. We close up early on Fridays at 1:00 p.m. but otherwise maintain the standard nine-to-five you expect and then some! We stay late until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and also open up early at 7:00 a.m. on:

  • Mondays
  • Tuesdays
  • Thursdays
  • Fridays

You can get your appointments out of the way in the morning before work or in the evening. Either way, you won’t have to take a half-day or otherwise mess up your work schedule!

Get Help For Your TMJ Disorder If This Sounds Familiar

TMJ is an abbreviation for temporomandibular joint, which is just the technical term for the joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull. Compared to a comparatively less complex joint in your body, like the ones in your knuckles, your TMJ is incredibly complicated. Try moving your jaw around and think about all the directions it can move, if you’re skeptical.

TMJ disorders can result in a wide variety of symptoms and issues. To know for sure if you are dealing with a jaw disorder, you should visit a professional for a proper evaluation. But if you are showing some combination of the following issues, you may be experiencing TMJ disorder:

  • Clicking, popping, or grating sounds when you move your jaw up and down
  • Pain, swelling, or tenderness in your jaw
  • Soreness in your jaw, face, neck, and/or shoulders
  • Involuntarily grinding your teeth during the day or while you are sleeping (this could be a symptom, a cause, or both)
  • Headaches, especially in the morning
  • Difficulty opening your mouth wide
  • A jaw that gets stuck in the opened or closed position
  • Feeling as though your upper and lower jaw are not fitting together properly

It may be difficult to take this list of symptoms and actually understand what a day-in-the-life with TMJ disorder can be like, so here’s an example:

  • When you wake in the morning, you have a terrible headache first thing
  • You want to take an over-the-counter pain reliever, but you know you need to eat first
  • At breakfast, with a throbbing head, you try to eat but have trouble chewing and even opening your mouth
  • You grind your teeth in the car and at work during your stressful job
  • Even with the help of a pain reliever or two you are still in pain because your face, neck, and shoulders are swollen
  • When you do go to lay down for the night, you grind your teeth as you sleep, making the situation even worse for the next day

To allow your jaw to rest and heal, we can provide a few different options for treating TMJ disorder, including:

  • Oral appliances to shift your jaw into a more natural position and prevent grinding
  • Neuromuscular therapy to help relax the muscles surrounding your jaw joint
  • Nutritional counseling to help you make dietary choices that will be easier on your TMJ
  • Various customized treatments that are part of the TruDenta system

Stop living in pain because of irregular jaw function – call Tocci Dental Associates at 781-304-8172 to book an evaluation for a TMJ and teeth grinding treatment. You can also use our online form.

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