For patients who suffer with a bite or temporomandibular disorder (TMD), commonly called TMJ, the added stress of the holiday season can increase teeth grinding and other symptoms of TMJ. These can include headaches, ear pain and jaw or facial pain.
Stress is a common factor in TMJ, frequently causing patients to clench their jaw or teeth, grind their teeth and experience increased tension in the jaw and the temporomandibular joint (the TMJ).
Dr. John Cranham, DDS, a general and restorative dentist in Chesapeake, VA, has extensive post graduate education and specialized training in the treatment of bite disorders such as TMJ. As the Clinical Director of the Dawson Academy, Dr. Cranham is uniquely qualified to evaluate and effectively treat TMJ.
The successful treatment of bite disorders such as TMJ can be complex and providing long term results relies on the proper diagnosis of the underlying imbalance in the bite. Dr. Cranham will perform a thorough analysis of a patient’s entire occlusal system to identify the imbalance that is causing the bite problem and accompanying symptoms. One of a few area dentists who can successfully treat TMJ and related disorders, Dr. Cranham is committed to providing the best long term results possible and supporting his patients with the preventive care they need for optimal oral health.
There are a wide variety of procedures and treatments that can be used for TMD, starting with the use of a custom fit night guard to prevent teeth grinding. This conservative approach is often effective in relieving the symptoms of TMJ and preventing damage to the teeth or TMJ.
For patients who have damaged teeth- either from the TMD or as a root cause- Dr. Cranham may recommend a restorative procedure to realign the teeth. This may involve reshaping the teeth with tooth bonding or crowns, realigning the teeth with orthodontics, or replacing missing teeth. All of these possible treatments are designed to restore balance in the occlusal system.
Don’t suffer with the symptoms of TMJ- schedule a visit with Dr. Cranham and restore your oral health!