Everyday aggravators cause many Lafayette, CO people to respond by clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth. For example, daily commuting in Lafayette, CO can take a physical toll. All the traffic, noise, and perpetual road construction causes some people to grind their teeth as they navigate the sea of cars.
Some Lafayette, CO folks who hate waiting in long lines channel their frustration to their jaw as they try, by the sheer force of will, to cause the line to move faster.
Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can cause a painful condition called TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. In Lafayette, CO, TMD is often mistakenly called ‘TMJ‘: the acronym for Temporomandibular Joint.
Your jaw is able to open and close thanks to many jaw muscles and the intricate temporomandibular joints. These joints allow for fluid mobility as you chew, speak, and yawn.
Damage to these joints can lead to chronic pain in the jaw, head, face and neck. Pain may be experienced on one or both sides of the jaw.
TMD is an often misdiagnosed condition in Lafayette, CO because facial pain can result from a variety of things, not just damage to the temporomandibular joints. Sinus infections, tooth decay, and facial inuries can cause jaw pain. A correct diagnosis is necessary for treating TMD.
At Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry we have been diagnosing and treating TMD since 1998. If you are experiencing clicking, popping, or discomfort in your jaw, call Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry today for a diagnosis and treatment plan.
I am Dr. Gordon West and I enjoy providing high quality dentistry to the residents of Lafayette, CO and nearby areas.
Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry not only treats TMD, but we redesign smiles with state-of-the-art dental treatments. We offer cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers, and prepless veneers.
Your smile is contagious! Make sure it is healthy and beautiful. Call Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry today to schedule a consultation or examination 720-862-3630.