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, Dr. Gorman can help our North Oaks, St. Paul, and Minneapolis patients with TMJ treatment.
"The dramatic improvement in my bite is what I am most pleased with today."
What is TMJ?
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.
What happens when the TMJ is out of place?
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.
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.