Pain When You Open Your Mouth

Do you ever feel  whenever you open you mouth to take a bite to eat, you feels like a sharp pain in you one or both sides of your cheek near your jaw? If yes, you might be suffering from TMJ (also called TMD).

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What Causes TMJ Disorders?

Dental problems (like a bad bite), joint problems (like arthritis), muscle problems, or a history of trauma to the jaw or face.

How Are TMJ Disorders Diagnosed?

If you’re having symptoms of a TMJ disorder, let your dentist know. The earlier a TMJ disorder is diagnosed and treated, the better.

Your dentist will ask you questions and examine you. He or she may need to order imaging tests, like X-rays, to see if you have a TMJ disorder.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorders:

* Dizziness
* Muscle spasm
* Tinnitus
* Headaches
* Stress
* Toothache
* Teeth grinding
* Infection of the ears and sinuses
* Neck and shoulder pain
* Eye pain

How are the patients evaluated?

Dental and medical evaluation Diagnostic dental x-rays and medical x-rays of the joints, this defines the
bony detail of the joint, and lateral skull x-rays with analysis to determine the skeletal component of the joint.Clinical exam, including examination of muscles of mastication and other related muscle to the joints. Also observingPatient’s difficulty of the opening the mouth and chewing.

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.

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