Experiencing jaw pain while chewing can be very distressing and debilitating, and one must not waste any time in trying to get to the root of the problem. The pain felt will cause a lot of discomfort to an individual, and if you have not felt this sort of pain before you are extremely fortunate.
There are many reasons why one may experience this jaw pain, and it is absolutely vital to get to the bottom of these reasons. Once the cause has been pinpointed it must be treated immediately, because experiencing this pain is something that one cannot live with.
The cause of chewing pain is temporomandibular joints (TMJ) disorder or TMD.
The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect your lower jaw to your skull. There are two matching joints — one on each side of your head, just in front of your ears. They let your jaw move up and down and from side to side. The abbreviation “TMJ” refers to the joint but is often used to refer to any problems with the joints. Such problems include popping sounds in the jaw, not being able to completely open the mouth, jaw pain, headaches, earaches, toothaches, and other types of facial pain. Most people with TMJ problems have pain that comes and goes, but some have chronic (long-term) pain.
Successful Treatment Options for TMJ Disorder:
First line of defense is to seek help with a dentist whom has extensive training, continuous studies and experience on this area. Treatment is customized for the individual patient with definitive diagnosis. Every patient has a different degree of the derangement of the TMJ Disorder.Most important is to diagnose and come up with a treatment plan to that diagnosis.
Dr. Parvin Carter has over 30 years of experience in Dentistry; she is a Preferred Provider of Invisalign and the director of A Redding Invisalign Center. She received her degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery, from Indiana University Dental School, in 1982, after which she immediately opened her private practice.
In July 1990 she received fellowship award from academy of General Dentistry. This award requires 600 hours of continuing education and passing required examination. In July 2000 Dr. Carter received Mastership award from Academy of General Dentistry. This is the highest award for continuing education. This award requires 800hours of participation in dentistry specialties. According to the Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, only 1% of US dentists achieve this high level of advancement.
Dr. Carter’s expertises are:
Invisalign, orthodontics, advanced TMJ treatment, oral surgery, sleep Disorders, placement of implants, restorations of cosmetic dentistry, whole mouth rehabilitation, fixed and removable prosthodontic, periodontics (soft tissue management), tooth and implant supported over dentures, endodontics, molars and anterior and sedation dentistry.