Does your jaw pop or make grating or clicking sounds?
Has it become painful for you to do simple tasks like flossing or brushing your teeth?
Has it become hard to open your mouth?
Do you suffer at all from chronic headaches, have intermittent ringing in your ears, or have regular jaw discomfort? If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms, you might be suffering from TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder).
Some of the causes for TMD include:
Bad bite | If your jaw or bite is misaligned, TMD can occur. Dr. Richardson-Foote can help you treat TMD caused by bad bite by helping your teeth be aligned or adjusted.
Injury | If you have somehow injured the cartilage near your jaw (Meniscus cartilage), it can cause TMD.
Teeth Grinding | Grinding your teeth often can cause TMD. For many patients, teeth grinding occurs while they sleep, which results in the TMJ (your temporomandibular joint) becoming overused. This can cause your tooth support to deteriorate. If tooth grinding is not treated, it can lead to serious dental problems. A potential TMJ treatment for grinding your teeth is wearing a special bite guard at night (often called a nightguard) to help ease the pressure and eliminate headaches.
Whatever the cause, having TMD is a serious problem. At Foote Family Dental in Gonzales, LA, we can provide TMJ treatment and get you back on the path to excellent oral health. During TMJ treatment, our staff will work their hardest to provide comfort and relief using modern TMJ treatment techniques.
Besides providing traditional TMJ treatments, Dr. Richardson-Foote is able to offer a revolutionary alternative treatment for TMD using Botox. In as few as 10-20 minutes, you can receive treatment for TMD and resume normal activity without all of those headaches.
Regardless of how you would like to receive treatment for TMD, Dr. Richardson-Foote and her staff will do their best to ensure you get the care you need in our comfortable and relaxing office atmosphere.
Have more questions about TMD or your TMJ? Please give us a call today. We are happy to provide TMD and TMJ treatment services for residents in the area, from Baton Rouge and Prairieville, to Gonzales, LA!