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By Papillon Dental
October 08, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tmj  

Are you hurting from headaches, ear pain, dizziness or other symptoms you cannot explain? You are not alone. The American Dental Association (ADA) says that TMJ (a nickname for temporomandibular joint dysfunction) affects about 15 percent of the population in the United States. In Upper Marlboro, MD, Dr. Felix Papillon is an expert on this jaw joint disorder, and he can treat, and help you understand, this often puzzling dental problem.

Exactly what is TMJ?

You have two temporomandibular joints, one on each side of your head at the junctions between the top and bottom jaw bones. The joints resemble hinges, but because of their disc-like condyles, or connective tissue, they can move the lower jaw from side to side as well as up and down.

When something goes awry in either or both joints due to arthritis, a blow to the face, poor dental bite or repetitive teeth clenching (bruxism), the jaw joints exhibit a variety of difficult symptoms such as:

  • Headaches
  • Ear and/or facial pain
  • Bizarre popping or clicking noises when the jaw opens or closes
  • Shoulder, back, or neck discomforts
  • Vertigo, or dizziness
  • Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears

Unfortunately, TMJ in Upper Marlboro, MD, can cause jaw dislocation, a serious problem which needs immediate attention at the nearest hospital emergency room.

What you can do

If you suspect you have temporomandibular joint dysfunction, please come to Papillon Dental for a full oral evaluation.
A typical exam for TMJ includes inspection of teeth and gums (particularly for dental bite and signs of uneven wear) as well as digital X-ray imaging and oral impressions. From there, the dentist can formulate a treatment plan to help you manage your symptoms.

Typical treatments for TMJ include:

  • Stretching exercises
  • Muscle relaxants or analgesics
  • Crowns or orthodontics to even dental bite
  • Diet modifications (soft foods)
  • A customized acrylic bite guard to cushion your teeth if you have bruxism

Feel better

And, have better oral health. If you struggle with jaw joint symptoms, find the help you deserve at Papillon Dental in Upper Marlboro, MD. TMJ can be treated successfully. Call the friendly office team today to arrange a consultation with Dr. Papillon: (301) 773-5700.

By Papillon Dental
December 13, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: jaw pain   tmj  

What your dentist in Upper Marlboro, Maryland wants you to know.jaw pain

Jaw pain can be excruciating! It can keep you from enjoying the foods you love because all you can think about is the pain you will experience when you eat. Fortunately there are effective treatments for jaw pain, but first, you need to figure out what is causing your jaw pain. Dr. Felix Papillon at Papillon Dental Care in Upper Marlboro, Maryland wants to share the facts about jaw pain and its treatment.

So, what is causing your jaw pain? The most common answer is temporomandibular joint issues. The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is a unique joint that has a sliding motion and works to open and close your jaws. It can also shift out of place, causing friction, swelling and inflammation. Inflammatory changes can cause tightness, movement restriction and pain. The pain may also be accompanied by clicking, popping or locking when you open and close your jaws.

Chronic TMJ problems lead to a condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. Dr. Papillon may suggest these effective treatments for TMJ pain or TMD:

  • Application of moist heat or ice
  • Custom-made splints to wear at night
  • Cortisone injections into the joint
  • Physical therapy exercises and stretching
  • Prescription anti-inflammatories, pain medications or muscle relaxants

Another simple explanation of why you might have jaw pain is if you grind or clench your teeth at night. When you grind your teeth at night, it stresses the muscles, ligaments and tendons in your jaws, face, and head. You may know you are clenching or grinding at night if you wake up with pain and tightness in your jaw and face, earaches, or headaches.

If you think you are grinding and clenching, seek out Dr. Papillon right away. He will make a custom-fit nightguard for you to wear while you sleep. The nightguard works to relax tense jaw muscles and also protects your teeth from wear-and-tear.

There is help for your jaw pain! Relieve your painful jaws by calling Dr. Felix Papillon at Papillon Dental Care in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Call today and be on your way to a pain-free life!