Category: TMJ Disorder

Has A Teeth Grinding Habit Changed Your Smile?

As we age, our teeth can begin to show signs of wear and tear. Because biting and chewing create friction, some change to the condition of your smile will inevitably take place. With that said, you may be causing an excess of harm to your teeth if you tend to clench your jaw, especially if… Read more »

Signs that You Might Have a TMJ Disorder

Besides protecting the health of your gums and the integrity of your natural tooth structure, general dental care also focuses heavily on ensuring your bite functions properly. This requires the combined efforts of your jaw’s nerve, muscle, and joints, and when one of these factors is compromised, the resulting discomfort can make biting and chewing… Read more »

Does Your Jaw Hurt? Ask Us About TMJ Treatment

Your temporomandibular joints (TMJs) play an important role in your bite’s function. In fact, they’re the two large joints that make it possible for your lower jaw to move. When one or both of your TMJs are distressed, however, your bite’s movement and function can become difficult and painful. If you experience chronic jaw pain,… Read more »

Stop Bruxism Before Serious Dental Damage Starts To Occur

If you fail to take timely action against bruxism, you could find yourself sitting in the dentist’s chair having restorative work done on chipped or cracked teeth. Your jaws are capable of exerting incredible force. When you grind your teeth at night, that force is being applied directly against your teeth, leading to wear and… Read more »

Is Stress Damaging your Dental Health?

Long term stress effects your immune system, your heart health, and your overall health. You may not relate stress to your dental health, however. Many people become caught up with the stress of all of the necessary tasks they have. If you keep an insane schedule which includes eating and drinking at odd hours and… Read more »

Stand Up Straight for Healthier TMJs

If you notice discomfort or pain in the muscles and joints of your jaw when you open your mouth, your TMJs may be to blame. TMJs (temporomandibular joints) are hinges which connect the temporal bone of your skull to your lower jaw (also known as your mandible). TMJs allow you to comfortably and smoothly talk, chew,… Read more »

Radiating Pain from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

The muscles throughout your body weave a complex and dynamic tapestry. When you are physically in good health and shape, you feel terrific. Unfortunately, one health condition can overlap into side effects of discomfort in other parts of your body. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a perfect example of this. Uncomfortable aches and pains from… Read more »

Des Moines Dentist Offers Diet Tips to Help Jaw Pain

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) occurs when your joints and chewing muscles are so inflamed and sore that you can actually have trouble eating. This could be downright tragic during this time of year, when food tends to be an important part of every upcoming holiday. Your TMJs are located on each side of your head,… Read more »

TMJ Quiz from Des Moines Dentist

If you have TMJ discomfort, you are well aware of how distracting it can be to a normal quality-of-life. Even if you have no jaw issues, you should be conscious of the fact that they can crop up at any moment. Des Moines dentist, Dr. Stephen Burds, helps patients with TMJ dysfunctions all the time…. Read more »

Des Moines Dentist Shows You How to Test for TMD Probability

Many people experience frequent headaches, earaches, neck and back pain, and/or facial soreness without understanding why. In many cases, the discomfort is severe enough to warrant a visit to the doctor in search of answers and relief, though medical attention does not always define or solve the problem. In fact, patients often go many years… Read more »