If your trouble with dental pain or sensitivity “only” affects you when you bite and chew, how concerned should you be? More than one issue can take away a person’s confidence in their dental function. If your trouble is with jaw pain and stiffness, or if you have related issues with headaches, facial pain, and neck and shoulder discomfort, what you are experiencing can point to TMJ disorder. However, if the problem is with a specific tooth, it can point to the need for restorative dental work. At our Sheridan, WY dentist’s office, we can provide the care that you require to put bite pain behind you. To make sure your oral health needs are fully met, we can look out for problems that might be contributing to your TMJ disorder and treat them as well as your trouble with joint alignment and movement.
Why Am I Having Problems With Pain And Stiffness When I Bite?
If you regularly have a hard time biting and chewing, it can point to trouble with TMJ disorder. Trouble with your jaw alignment and movement can stem from several issues. Until it is addressed, the imbalance can cause worsening discomfort, the onset of teeth grinding issues, and other troubling symptoms. Once we evaluate your jaw movement and alignment, we can let you know if we think this is the reason for your difficulties. If it is, we can proceed with care to improve your dental movement and positively change your quality of life!
Recognizing And Treating TMJ Disorder
After a review of your jaw alignment and movement, we can let you know if your discomfort is connected to TMJ disorder. Once we establish this as the cause, we can recommend treatment to help you manage it. A custom oral appliance will help you change the resting position of your jaw so that tension and stress no longer cause worsening discomfort. We can also look out for any oral health problems that might have made it difficult for you to properly bite and chew.
Oral Health Treatments That Can Improve Bite Function
If you have changed your bite function because of a sore or sensitive tooth, treatment with a dental crown can restore your dental health in several important ways. In addition to making it easier to maintain an even bite, the care we provide can keep complications from further harming your tooth and smile.
For people with poorly aligned teeth, bite problems can become difficult to avoid. Fortunately, this is something we can treat with discreet clear aligners. In addition to changing your bite for the better, these appliances can positively change your smile as well!
Talk To Your Sheridan, WY Dentist About Care For Bite Pain
If you have concerns about ongoing bite pain or stiffness, know that our practice can help! If you would like to find out how we can take care of you and your ongoing concerns, reach out to Grinnell Street Dental at our location in Sheridan, WY at 307-672-7567.