TMJ Treatments for Patients in Yuba City, CA

Yuba City General Dentist Treats Your TMJ Disorder

Do you suffer from chronic head, neck, or jaw pain? Do you wake up with morning headaches? Have you noticed that your teeth look worn down? If so, you may have a problem with your TMJ. At our Yuba City dental practice, our general dentist diagnoses and treats temporomandibular joint disorders, also called TMJD or TMD. Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are hinge joints in front of the ear on each side of your head. They connect your lower jaw to your skull, and are what you use to eat, talk, and yawn.

At our Yuba City general dentistry practice, our dedicated professionals will address your TMJ issues with a wide array of treatment options, including dental devices designed to rest your jaw and/or prevent you from grinding or clenching your teeth. Fit Dental offers TMJ therapy for patients suffering from issues with the jaw joints, which can cause pain to radiate in the neck and shoulders. TMJ/TMD can also cause chronic pain, prevent your mouth from opening or closing fully, and result in odd noises like popping or grating. You may be dealing with TMD if you experience any of the following:

The causes for TMD are difficult to determine, although stress can often be a primary reason for clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth at night. A crooked or improper bite can also affect the balance of your jaw. Temporomandibular joint disorders occur when the little joints and the connected nerves get inflamed. This inflammation causes problems throughout the head and neck area. Sometimes, TMD happens because you are grinding your teeth during nightly rest. This condition is known as bruxism.

If you live in and around Yuba City, CA and are seeking TMD treatment, make an appointment with our general dentistry practice. At Fit Dental, we know that the most important aspect of treatment is getting the right diagnosis first. Our Yuba City dentist will assess your jaw joints, connecting tissues, and your teeth. Your TMJ therapy is based on your diagnosis, and the severity of your symptoms.

Our Fit Dental dentist may suggest resolving your TMJ issues by allowing the jaw to rest using warm compresses, eating soft foods, reducing stress, and gently stretching your jaw muscles. Many TMJ/TMD cases can be treated with a splint or bite plate, which fit over your teeth and keep your jaw in an optimal position. Nightguards are often used to treat patients who grind their teeth while they sleep at night. Some TMJ disorders require surgery, but those cases are for the most severe issues and other treatments will be tried first.

Fit Dental is conveniently located in Yuba City, California. For patients suffering TMD, we offer a variety of treatments designed to treat the condition and give you relief. Please make your appointment now!

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