If you are suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD), then you are well aware of the painful side effects that come with it. For example, patients with TMD often deal with pain in the face, neck and jaw as well as a jaw that can get stuck in the shut position. However, a new study has shown that if untreated, loss of sleep due to pain can be the most dangerous side effect of all.
A study done by the University of Rochester Medical Center revealed that during sleep channels in the brain expand to allow fluids to clear out toxins that have accumulated. When you lose sleep because of the discomfort of TMD symptoms, dangerous toxins in the brain build up. For example, beta-amyloid is a toxic protein that can build up quickly. This protein is found in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
So, if you think that you may be suffering from TMD, diagnosis is key. At Kim Norman, DDS, Dentistry for the Indivdual, we can evaluate and diagnose your condition. Additionally, we specialize in TMD treatment to help ease the pain and get you back to enjoying a good night’s rest.
TMD Treatment at Kim Norman DDS Dentistry for the Individual
At our office we specialize in providing treatment for TMD that can alleviate your symptoms. If you have not yet been diagnosed but are suffering from any of the following symptoms, you may need to visit us for diagnosis:
- Pain in the face, neck or jaw
- Swelling in the face, neck or jaw
- Jaws that get stuck in the open or closed position
- Clicking or popping noises in the jaw
- Uncomfortable bite or misaligned bite
The cause of TMD is often unclear but can be a number of factors including:
- Grinding or clenching teeth
- A dislocated of the ball and socket in the temporomandibular joint
We are experienced in treating TMD symptoms with our wide variety of solutions. We offer splint therapy, bruxism splint or a night guard, as well as restoration of worn teeth to patients who are suffering from the disorder. Our dentist will evaluate the condition of your oral health as it relates to TMD and will work with you in order to provide the treatment that best fits your case.
If you are in need of treatment or are losing sleep because of the pain associated with TMD visit us at Kim Norman DDS Dentistry for the Individual or call us today at (865) 982-9662!
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