Everyday dilemmas cause some people to respond by clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth.
Daily commuting, work problems, or an overpacked schedule are some frequent culprits for Etesse Holistic & Cosmetic Dentistry’s Solana Beach area patients.
Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can trigger or exacerbate a painful condition called TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. TMD is often mistakenly called ‘TMJ,’ the acronym for temporomandibular joint.
Your jaw can open and close thanks to many muscles and the intricate temporomandibular joints. These joints enable strength and flexibility as you chew, speak, and yawn.
Damage to these important joints can lead to severe pain in the jaw, head, face, and neck. Pain may be experienced on one or both sides.
TMD is an often misdiagnosed condition because facial pain can result from a variety of problems, not just damage to the temporomandibular joints. Sinus infections, tooth decay, and facial injuries can cause jaw pain. An accurate diagnosis is the first step in treating TMD.
At Etesse Holistic and Cosmetic Dentistry we have been diagnosing and treating TMD since 2023, working with other specialists when necessary. If you are suffering from clicking, popping, or discomfort in your jaw, call Etesse Holistic and Cosmetic Dentistry today for a diagnosis and treatment plan.
I am Charlotte Etesse and I am devoted to providing high-quality dentistry to the residents of Solana Beach and the greater Encinitas area.
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