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4 Facts Your Waipahu Dentist Wants You to Know About TMJ July 10, 2017

Waipahu, Ewa
4 Facts Your Waipahu Dentist Wants You to Know About TMJ, Ewa, Hawaii

Millions of people suffer from the condition known as TMJ, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with pain in your jaw forever. Jason H. Ikeno, DDS, has been helping people throughout Waipahu, HI, for over 20 years. This local dentist knows that every patient is unique, and the staff takes the time to understand and properly diagnose the cause of your discomfort. When it comes to TMJ, there are a few details you should know.

4 Facts to Understand About TMJ

1. What Is TMJ?

When there are problems with your bite, or how your upper and lower jaw meet, it can be uncomfortable and painful. The pain associated with these muscles is called temporomandibular joint disorder, better known as TMJ.

2. Why Is It So Common?

TMJ is very common, affecting 10 million people or more. The TMJ can get out of alignment by stress, frequent eating and gum chewing, or an improper sleeping position. Changes to your bite can also contribute; for example, getting a new crown or dentures.

3. How Is TMJ Diagnosed?

dentistYour dentist diagnoses TMJ by listening to your symptoms and evaluating your bite thoroughly. For example, if you grind your teeth, a dentist may notice unusual wear on your teeth during your dental exam. Some of the most common symptoms patients with TMJ experience include clenching or grinding teeth, popping noises when chewing, pain around the jaw muscles, headaches and migraines, difficulty sleeping, and a buzzing sound in your ear

4. How Can Your Dentist Help?

The first step to treating TMJ is to determine the cause. If you grind your teeth, your dentist may suggest wearing a mouth guard at night to protect the surface of your teeth. Other treatment options for TMJ include dental splints, prescription medication, and surgery.

Are you suffering from TMJ? You don’t have to live with the pain, regardless of the cause. Call the office of Jason H. Ikeno, DDS, at (808) 676-1520 to make an appointment for an evaluation. Dr. Ikeno also offers dental implants and braces along with other dental treatments, and you can find directions and hours on their website.

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