Have You Experienced Any of These Symptoms?
- Teeth that appear short
- The edges of your teeth appear worn or fractured
- Pain, popping, locking or cramping in your jaw joint
- Teeth that are sensitive to cold
- Notching in the tooth at the gum-line
- Clenching or grinding of your teeth
- Earaches or ringing in the ears
- Frequent headaches
- Soreness in the jaw muscles upon waking in the morning
- No “home” position for your teeth
- Loose teeth
Many of the most common oral complaints can be attributed to what most people call “TMJ” or “TMD.” TMJ stands for temporal mandibular joint, and TMD stands for temporal mandibular disorder. TMD is often related to something called Occulsal Dysfunction. When Occlusal Dysfuntion is treated, the symptoms of TMD usually go away.
Treating the Cause Vs. Treating the Symptoms
In the past, to remedy TMJ related problems, most dentists would prescribe a night guard or splint that had to be worn every night to protect teeth and temporarily relieve muscle tension. In modern dentistry today, there are new methods that go beyond masking symptoms and can actually treat the cause of TMJ related problems fully eliminating symptoms.
Dr. Marie Durflinger has spent the majority of her professional career specializing in treating patients with Occlusal Dysfunction. Following the Kois Method, she has helped hundreds of people find freedom from head, neck and joint related pain while building long-lasting beautiful smiles.
At Bella Dental, we take special care in evaluating all patients for Occlusal Dysfunction that could lead to TMJ related symptoms. To learn more, please schedule an occlusal examination with Dr. Marie Durflinger today. You can also read an article written by Dr. Durflinger here for more information about Occlusal Dysfunction and how it is treated.