Do you have headaches, neck aches, a jaw that clicks when you open your mouth, limited opening range of the jaw or ringing in the ears? It may be TMJ Syndrome. Some 60 million Americans have TMJS. It is what happens when the muscles in the jaw and the temporomandibular joint are out of alignment or under stress, causing problems when chewing. In simpler terms, the ligaments, muscles, bones and joint do not line up, thereby causing pain.
Symptoms of TMJS
- Clicking, popping or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth
- Headaches and/or dizziness
- Tenderness in jaw muscles
- Jaws that sometimes lock open when yawning or if the mouth is held open
- Spasms or cramps in the jaw area
TMJS symptoms can be caused by mal-occlusion (a misaligned bite), worn or broken teeth, and clenching or grinding of the teeth. We can determine what the cause is of your TMJS and how best to treat it.
When you are missing all of your natural teeth, full dentures will replace the missing teeth and restore your smile. When missing teeth, your facial muscles are not supported and will begin to sag, making you look much older. Dentures will provide support for your facial muscles as well as make it easier to eat, speak and smile.
When wearing full dentures, you still must take good care of your mouth. Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque.
If you are missing some but not all of your teeth a partial denture can be used to replace the natural missing teeth. Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases, which are connected by a metal framework.
If you’ve been noticing soreness, pain, or anything else making your teeth and mouth uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to give us a call and schedule an appointment. Reach out to our office today by calling 262-654-6535 at your earliest convenience!