Chewing is an important function, and one that can occur properly if all the needed elements are working together to create smooth jaw movement. However, even a slight misalignment can dramatically affect your temporomandibular joints and cause debilitating symptoms. This condition is known as TMJ disorder, and in these cases, Dr. Farthing and Dr. Tepner can provide valuable help in the form of a customized oral appliance here in Indianapolis. Our goal is to give you new reasons to smile!
Common signs that indicate you may be suffering from TMJ disorder include:
- Lingering discomfort or outright pain that’s located in the face, shoulders, neck, or head
- Clipping or popping sounds echoing when you open and close your jaw
- Significant stiffness in the jaw
- Problems with chewing effectively
- Constant ringing in the ears
- Experiencing common, excessive headaches
If our team at Indianapolis Family Dentistry determines that you’re in need of care, there are several possible solutions available that can provide much-needed relief from the discomfort you’re struggling with. Patients may need to wear an oral appliance while they sleep; we’ll create it with detailed impressions so that you can enjoy a comfortable fit. This appliance should minimize any clenching or teeth grinding contributing to your condition, as well as comfortably reposition the jaw in a more proper setting. A change in your diet, the application of a cool compress during pain, avoiding aggravating activities like chewing gum or yawning widely, and performing certain stretching exercises for the jaw can all provide additional relief.
Dr. Farthing and Dr. Tepner will work hard to ensure that you’re able to get back to enjoying your smile – no pain required. Contact our Indianapolis office today if you have any questions, or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment.