You wake up in the morning, take a big yawn, and there it is: a dull, achy pain radiating from your chin to your ears. Maybe your jaw is tight and you even have a headache. In most cases, these symptoms are caused by excessive grinding or clenching of your teeth during the day or night.
Commonly known as TMJ or TMD, this condition is not only painful; it can affect your eating, drinking and speaking, and cause serious damage to your teeth. Luckily, the cosmetic dentists at Dr. Patty Miami have several tools for treating TMJ pain. Keep reading to learn more.
What Is TMJ And How Do I Know If I Have It?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is your jaw joint. This joint connects your lower jawbone to your skull, and you can find it on either side of your head, right in front of your ears. TMJ syndrome, also called TMD (temporomandibular disorder), is a medical term used to describe any dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint.
This TMJ typically manifests itself as a clicking, popping, or locking of the jaw. It is often accompanied by jaw and face pain, headaches, migraines, earaches, and even soreness in the neck and shoulders. This disorder can be caused by a traumatic injury to the face or even bite misalignments, but its main culprit is stress.
Some signs that you may be clenching or grinding your teeth and straining your jaw joints include:
- Popping or locking of the jaw
- Frequent headaches
- Pain or difficulty chewing
- Sleep Apnea
- Pain in your face, head, and neck
Why Choose Dr. Patty?
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Excellent dental care and outstanding customer service are not the only things that set us apart. At Dr. Patty Miami, we pride ourselves on going above and beyond the mark to offer our clients an upscale, anxiety-free experience at every visit.
Discover the exclusive perks offered at Dr. Patty Miami:
Numbness can be limiting, affecting one’s speech, smile, and ability to drink after a visit. Dr. Patty’s reversal process allows clients to leave the dental boutique and carry on with their day as if nothing happened, so you don’t have to worry about canceling your engagements after your procedure.
The professionals at Dr. Patty Miami are committed to your health and wellness. That’s why we use lasers to offer a safe, anxiety-free dental experience without drills and scalpels. This innovative laser technology has several advantages, including minimal intervention and, in most cases, little-to-no anesthesia.
Multiple options for a more comfortable and nerve-free experience.
Personal Concierge Service
We can arrange everything from RedCap or limo transportation to and from your appointment to making nearby lunch or dinner reservations for after your appointment.
Advanced Digital Surround X-Rays
Minimal exposure, more precise, and digitally stored for your convenience.
State-of-the-art technologies and facilities
Complimentary wine & Nespresso coffee bar, hot towel service, temple massage therapy, paraffin treatments, music & movie selections are just a few of the amenities you’ll find at our ultra-chic, upscale facilities.
Treating TMJ And TMD At Dr. Patty Miami
TMD can have serious implications on your quality of life and overall health. Left untreated, TMJ can lead to:
- Joint damage
- Chronic [headaches or migraines]
- Chipped, fractured, or worn down teeth
- Tinnitus (ear ringing) and ear fullness
- Developing [sleep apnea]
Fortunately, at our high-end dental and medical boutique, we can help you show off your sexy smile without pain with one of our simple solutions for TMD pain.
Botox For TMJ
While Botox for TMJ is still considered an experimental treatment, studies show that Botox can significantly reduce TMD pain and increase jaw mobility for several months after treatment. At Dr. Patty Miami we’ve had great success with botox injections for TMD. Many of our clients have reported that these injections have helped them:
- Reduce the frequency of TMJ-related headaches and migraines
- Minimize the occurrence of lockjaw
Fill the form below to learn more about how we use Botox for treating TMJ at Dr. Patty Miami.
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Custom-Made Mouthguards For Teeth Grinding
If you suffer from TMJ, you must protect your teeth with a custom mouthguard. Teeth grinding typically occurs at night when you are fast asleep and have no way of noticing it. Months or years of rubbing your teeth against each other will eventually wear them down, making them appear shorter and uneven.
A custom night guard molded to your mouth protects against night-time teeth grinding by creating a cushion between your teeth while still keeping your bite in the most natural position.
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Other Options For TMJ
If dental issues are responsible for your jaw clenching, we can solve the the root of the problem with one of the following procedures:
- [Replacing missing teeth]
- Replacing [crowns] and [fillings]
- Evening out your teeth surfaces
Don’t let TMJ pain keep you from living your best life! Find out how our skilled dentists can help you by calling us or filling out the form below to request an appointment for TMJ treatment in Miami, FL., today.
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