TMJ Headaches Dentist in Stamford, CT
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When people suffer from pain in their jaw, head, neck, or face, the general assumption is that this can be treated with simple, over-the-counter pain medication. While this can relieve the pain in the moment, it won’t address the pain’s cause. What many people don’t realize is that often this pain is caused by an uneven bite. If this isn’t treated, then the pain will continue to recur regularly and lead to TMJ disorders. Most over-the-counter pain medication is meant for occasional use, and taking it daily can have adverse health effects. Instead, it’s best to get a diagnosis for your pain and have it treated by a professional.
A skilled dentist can determine conclusively if problems with your bite are responsible for your TMJ and pain. If that is found to be the case, they can then administer the appropriate treatment and procedures necessary to correct the issue. Whether you need an oral device to assist you regularly or a more thorough realigning of your teeth, we’re ready to help at Dental Care of Stamford.
Dental Care of Stamford is Your Top Choice for TMJ Headaches in Stamford, CT
Dental Care of Stamford is dedicated to ensuring that our patients receive the best experience possible regarding dental health. We understand that going to the dentist can be intimidating. There is a lot of misinformation and confusion surrounding the various procedures available. That’s why we’ve made it our priority to answer all your questions and make you feel comfortable when you visit our establishment. Once you’re ready to make an appointment, we continue to support you as much as we can. No matter your schedule, you’ll be able to take advantage of our award-winning care, as we are open seven days a week and are available for same-day appointments. We offer free babysitting services for our patients with little ones in tow.
In addition to providing you with a welcoming, friendly atmosphere, we have prioritized innovation and the implementation of dentistry advancements into our practice. In the field of TMJ treatment, we are proud to feature the Best-Bite Discluder, patented by our own Dr. Simon, which is an FDA-approved diagnostic tool of great accuracy. With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Simon is an invaluable member of our team and is ready to help find the underlying cause of your mystery pain and treat it in an effective, quick manner.
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Understanding How TMJ, Pain, and The Shape of Your Bite Are All Related
When experiencing a severe headache, teeth are generally the last thing on people’s minds. They might start thinking back to how much caffeine they ingested over the last few hours, whether they’ve had enough water, or maybe wonder if they’re just under too much stress at work. But pain caused by uneven teeth is a lot more common than you might think; 75% of all head, neck, or facial pain is caused by the strain in muscles due to bite problems. With this in mind, you might wonder how a lack of alignment in your mouth could lead to such issues. What’s the correlation?
For starters, although you may not be aware of it, people with an uneven bite are more likely to have certain unhealthy habits, namely clenching and grinding of the teeth. Much in the way that an unsteady chair or table constantly wobbles as you struggle to keep it level, your clenching and grinding is an unconscious effort to level your mouth. Unfortunately, this has a lot of negative impacts on your dental health. Constant clenching and grinding put significant pressure on the crowns of your teeth and can eventually lead to dental damage. If severe enough, your teeth could become worn in places or even develop breaks. The other area of your body most likely affected in the process is your muscles—specifically, those used to move your jaw.
Think about a time when you had to exert an unusual amount of physical effort, such as unloading heavy furniture into a house, trying out kayaking for the first time, or moving some boxes around at work. It’s likely that afterward, you noticed soreness in certain areas of your body. When your muscles are overworked without proper preparation and rest, they ache. The same is true for the muscles in your face. Extensive clenching and grinding are like an extreme workout for your jaw, and over time the muscles connected to that part of your face are likely to start suffering as a direct result.
There are some strategies you can take to help with such behavior, such as utilizing a mouthguard in your sleep. However, if the problem is significant, you may require something more substantial, such as braces. In either case, the first and most important step is diagnosis. Without a proper diagnosis, it’s impossible to understand the breadth of the issue and how best to fix it. X-rays can help reveal what sort of damage has already been sustained and might indicate to your dentist that you will need to have your teeth repaired, but an x-ray cannot reveal whether your bite is the source of trouble. Instead, the best diagnostic tool is Dr. Simon’s Best-Bite Discluder. When applied, the tool relieves the pressure felt by the joints and muscles in your jaw. If the pain goes away as a result, then you’ll know your bite was responsible. The entire diagnostic procedure can be resolved within 10 minutes, allowing us to move forward quickly with possible treatments.
Adults, teens, and children all enjoy the greatest feature of aligning their teeth with Invisalign—the fact that the aligners are so unnoticeable to others. Children hate having school pictures taken with braces on, and teens especially dread having yearbook photos that forever showcase a mouth full of metal. Adults may not be as self-conscious in some cases as children and teens are, but they still find that Invisalign makes their life easier. Many individuals fear that braces will affect the way they are perceived at work, and no bride wants to have braces in her wedding pictures. Another major demographic that prefers this orthodontic treatment is individuals who play contact sports.
Braces can tear up the delicate tissue inside the cheeks and lips when one athlete collides with another on the field. The smooth, comfortable Invisalign aligners, however, eliminate the fear of this occurrence. Some patients also find that Invisalign is a great way to improve their smile if their teeth shift back to a crowded position after previous orthodontic treatment. If you think this treatment may be right for you, visit our office today and find out how Invisalign can improve your periodontal gum health and whiten your smile.
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Finding the right dentist can be a challenge. Among other things, you want a dental expert who has extensive experience in their specialty, who will listen to you and will help you choose the right procedure. Dental Care Stamford prides itself on doing all of this and more. We strive to be the best dental experience you’ll ever have.
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A Little About our Area: Stamford, CT
Over the years, we have earned an outstanding reputation for top-tier dental service, but our achievements are owed in part to the amazing people of Stamford, CT. Belonging to the community of Stamford has allowed us to see firsthand why it’s so critical to provide personalized, affordable dental care. This city features a little bit of everything for people to enjoy. For lovers of the outdoors, there are beautiful parks and beaches. Those strolling down the streets might even find spontaneous sculptures and decorated electrical boxes placed around Stamford to brighten your day.
Those more interested in furthering their education can visit the largest library in all of Connecticut, the Ferguson Library, or pay a visit to the four-story Stamford Observatory. Those seeking to take in Stamford’s cultural side are likely big fans of the Stamford Museum or frequent patrons to the various movie theaters showcasing everything from small, independent films to major blockbusters. And those looking to enjoy more of the nightlife will take comfort in some of the safest streets in the entire United States while they step out onto the dance floor or sample some of the best craft beers in the state.
One of the reasons we resonated with Stamford is the way it’s transformed over the years. Stamford was first established in 1640 and is presently filled with homages to its rich historical backgrounds, such as the old-fashioned trolleys that transport people across Harbor Point or to the Stamford Historical Society.
However, the city is no stranger to innovation. The city’s layout has been altered to accommodate modern traffic and is considered extremely driver-friendly, and free wireless Internet is accessible around the city. The individuals who live in Stamford have the same entrepreneurial spirit that helped modernize the city. There are four separate Fortune 500 companies from different industries based here. At Dental Care of Stamford, we incorporate that same energy into our practice, always looking for ways to improve our techniques and build upon our knowledge base.
Ultimately what matters most to us is the joy of living in Stamford, and it makes our day when we see our patients’ beautiful smiles as they tell us about their experiences in the city. There is just so much to discover; no matter what you’re looking for, Stamford has something for everyone. With that in mind, we believe that you shouldn’t have to worry about constant headaches or pain getting in the way of your adventures. With Dental Care of Stamford, CT, you won’t have to.
To learn more about what we can do for you or request an appointment, give our office a call at (203) 583-4084.