Do you have frequent headaches that have no apparent cause?
Do you suffer with ear, neck or facial pain, especially upon waking?
It is possible that you are suffering unknowingly with a temporomandibular disorder (TMD) that has not been diagnosed. We don’t often think of mentioning headaches and earaches to the dentist, but they can often be a symptom of malocclusion- an imbalance in the bite that leads to TMD.
Dr. Tom Trinkner, DDS, has years of post graduate work and continuing studies in the field malocclusion and bite disorders. He has more than 25 years of experience treating patients in Columbia, SC and is one of the leading dentists in the area for the treatment of complex dental problems like TMJ.
Signs and symptoms of TMD/TMJ:
- Headaches, neck pain or facial pain
- Teeth grinding, clenching – often characterized by tooth wear
- Clicking or popping in the jaw
- Locked jaw and/or difficulty opening the mouth
- Earaches without infection
Teeth grinding and clenching is one of the more common symptoms of TMD and can also lead to additional dental problems such as gum disease and damaged teeth. Dr. Trinkner will often recommend the use of a custom fit mouth guard for many of his patients. This oral appliance will reduce the stress placed on the temporomandibular joint during teeth grinding, allowing the joint to relax and alleviating the associated symptoms such as recurrent headaches. In many cases, this conservative treatment will bring the much needed relief from symptoms and prevent damage to the teeth or gums.
In cases where there are more complex dental problems developing, Dr. Trinkner has both the training and experience to evaluate the entire occlusal system (the bite) and recommend the procedures that will restore oral health for the long term. This often involves reshaping the teeth so that they are making contact evenly without putting undue stress on the TMJ.
If you are suffering with any of the above mentioned symptoms, contact Dr. Trinkner in Columbia for an evaluation and begin to restore your oral health.