“The dramatic improvement in my bite
“is what I am most pleased with today.”– Paul
Minneapolis-St. Paul and North Oaks area TMJ clients rely on Dr. Steve Gorman’s knowledge and experience.
Do you often have pain or clicking in your jaw?
Do the muscles in your face feel sore or tired?
When you get up in the morning, do you feel like you have been grinding or squeezing your bite closed all night long?
Do you have headaches in the front of and above your ears? How about the back of your neck? Ringing in the ears?
Have other health professionals had trouble isolating the source of your headaches?
On top of that, do you have issues with the appearance of your smile?
If any of this sounds familiar, read on:
Dr. Gorman can determine the best position for your jaw and help the muscles, bones, teeth, and nerves find harmony.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most complex joints in the entire body. Not only is it responsible for movement functions of the jaw, it’s comprised of a complex system of nerves that affect many other areas of the body. In short, in an ideal world when both of our jaw joints are in perfect position and we close our teeth together, all teeth would touch at the same time with equal intensity in coordination. This natural ‘bio-engineering’ provides the most stable, harmonious environment for the jaw joints, the teeth, the muscles, ligaments, gum tissues, and bone.
When this system is operating in an uncoordinated fashion, we find that our jaws have a variety of abilities they can use to adapt. Some of the adaptations seen are wear on teeth, loose teeth, broken teeth, cracked teeth, gum tissue recession, bone loss around teeth, sore muscles in the face, temples and neck, headaches, stretched ligaments in the joints, and other degenerative effects. This group of maladies is termed TMD, or Temporomandibular Dysfunction, named for the TMJ or temporomandibular joint. The importance of this is the underlying problem needing treatment, especially if you are considering cosmetic and restorative dentistry and want a stable result. Dr. Gorman can determine the best position for your jaw and help the muscles, bones, teeth, and nerves find harmony.
TMD treatment begins with a comprehensive evaluation completed by Dr. Gorman. From there, he will determine the severity of your TMD and discuss your best course of treatment. Treatment options for TMD range from orthotic/nightguard therapy to full mouth rehabilitation.
Nightguard Therapy and Protection
TMJ disorders, wearing of teeth, chips and cracks are all signs of nighttime clenching and grinding which can cause a lifetime of pain. Nightguards prevent contact between the upper and lower teeth to reduce damage and discomfort from clenching and grinding. Nightguards are a frequently used TMD therapy and can also serve as a protective measure after teeth are restored. Dr. Gorman will determine whether a nightguard will treat your TMD needs, or simply protect your teeth from future wear and breakdown.
Some of our patients come to Dr. Gorman knowing they have an issue; others have lived their life in discomfort without realizing a solution is possible.
If you notice any of the above symptoms, Minneapolis-St. Paul and North Oaks area TMJ dentist Dr. Gorman can help! Contact our office today to begin your TMD consultation.