Grinding Your Teeth
Dentists not only take care of teeth and gums, they also can ensure the health of your jaw by diagnosing and treating a temporomandibular joint (jaw) disorder.
Patients with TMD suffer from TMJ misalignment, which can cause facial, jaw, neck, and shoulder pain; earaches; headaches; and jaw clicking and popping; and the inability to fully open or close their mouth.
Dr. Staten will ask if you suffer from any of the symptoms and will examine your joints for signs of misalignment. If you are diagnosed with TMD, you may be fitted for a custom orthotic — a splint that corrects the alignment of the upper and lower teeth and gently repositions the jaw. Often, wearing the device for a few months will cure TMD.
Taking Your Oral Health A Step Further
After your exam, an oral hygienist will use a handheld instrument and ultrasonic scaler to remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. The ultrasonic device uses vibrations to dislodge plaque and bacteria from the hard-to-reach crevices in your teeth and gum line.
Patients also may receive preventive sealants and/or fluoride treatments.