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Chronic jaw pain, headaches, and jaw clicking are signs of TMJ issues. TMJ refers to a disorder affecting the temporomandibular joints, which are the joints connecting the lower jaw to the skull on each side of the face. TMJ can cause several problems, including a locked jaw and difficulty chewing. Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Blome-Wubbles, the experienced dentists at Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE, can diagnose and treat TMJ disorder.
TMJ Causes and Symptoms
A TMJ disorder is a condition associated with irritation or misalignment of the joints on either side of the face that connect the lower jaw to the skull. When one or both joints become aggravated or move out of alignment, pain and discomfort result. A TMJ disorder is caused by arthritis in the jaw joint, an injury to the jaw, chronic stress, or frequent grinding or clenching the teeth.
A TMJ disorder is associated with several symptoms. Our knowledgeable dentists at our office in Lincoln, NE, can determine if your symptoms are indicative of TMJ and recommend a suitable treatment method. Common symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
- A locked jaw
- Pain or discomfort in the jaw area
- Popping or clicking sounds in the jaw joints
- Difficulty chewing
- Neck aches
- Tooth sensitivity
Treatments for TMJ
Several methods are available for treating TMJ disorder. The best course of treatment depends on the severity of your symptoms and the cause of your TMJ issues. The pain and discomfort are alleviated with over-the-counter or prescription pain relief medications or by applying ice or heat to the affected area. It is also advisable to eat soft foods when experiencing TMJ issues since it's difficult to chew, open, and close the mouth.
For patients whose TMJ issues stem from chronic teeth grinding at night, wearing an oral appliance when sleeping can help. The appliance reduces the effects of grinding and clenching, which aggravate the jaw joints. In some cases, surgery might be the best treatment option. Surgery corrects misalignment of the temporomandibular joints and can repair a dislocated jaw.
If you are experiencing TMJ issues, help is available. Dr. Greg Blome or Dr. Sara Blome-Wubbles can discuss different options for treating your TMJ symptoms. To schedule an appointment with one of our skilled dentists, call Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE, at (402) 483-7000.
How can you best take care of your smile? Consistent oral hygiene (brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings) removes plaque and tartar, while restorations such as fillings and crowns rebuild dental damage. Here at Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE, Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels provide these services and more to their patients. Considering a crown? Read on to learn more about their benefits.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers and strengthens teeth that have been compromised by decay, injury, infection, or poor shape and size. These days, high-quality porcelain is the material of choice for most crowns, particularly those that anchor fixed bridges, cover dental implants, and rebuild teeth that have been treated by root canal therapy.
Why would I need a dental crown?
Your dentist in Lincoln would recommend a crown to:
- Beautify a tooth
- Spare a tooth from extraction
- Regularize smile appearance (a tooth looks too small as compared to its neighbors)
- Provide long-term protection from bacteria, trauma, and misalignment
The crown treatment
It's comfortable and takes just two visits to Blome Family Dentistry. Your dentist confirms the need for a crown with a careful examination and an X-ray screening. Then, the doctor reshapes the tooth, sizing it to accept the crown. Oral impressions help the dental lab fashion the crown, while photos and specific instructions from your dentist ensure proper color.
During your second office visit, the dentist removes your temporary crown and cements the permanent one on your tooth. Any needed adjustments for bite and fit are made at this time.
Caring for a crown
Once you have your new crown, you'll notice a tremendous improvement in your personal appearance. Your tooth will look and function quite naturally, and care is easy. Simply:
- Brush twice a day for two minutes, and floss daily to remove plaque and its harmful bacteria.
- Avoid brittle foods, such as hard candy and nuts.
- Get twice-yearly cleanings and examinations at Blome Family Dentistry.
Tooth enamel is super-hard, says the American Dental Association (ADA), having a mineral content of about 96 percent. Yet, problems can happen. That's where realistic restorations such as crowns come in.
Call Dr. Greg Blome or Dr. Sara Blome Wubbels here at Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE, to find out if a crown is right for you. Phone our friendly staff at (402) 483-7000 to book a consultation.