I’m Having a Hard Time Chewing | Ira J. Moin, DDS
I’m Having a Hard Time Chewing
Are you having trouble eating? If you are experiencing discomfort while chewing, we can help. Your problem may be derived from one of two things: TMJ issues or gum disease. Either way, we can offer you the solution you need to eliminate your discomfort and help you get back to your normal life.
What Is TMJ?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. Dysfunction of this joint (TMD) often causes pain when you chew. TMD is derived from stress or injury to the joint that can be caused by a variety of factors. If you are experiencing jaw pain, clicking or popping of the jaw, or other trouble opening and closing your mouth, you may be suffering from TMD.
We can treat TMD by creating a specialized mouthguard that removes the stress from your jaw joint (TMJ) and allows the joint to heal. We also employ medications depending on your specific case. In more complicated cases, we can even alter your teeth to alleviate your TMJ-related pain.
TMD can become a very uncomfortable, debilitating affliction if left untreated. Our team can help you get the care you need to eliminate your TMJ-related pain and help you get back to your normal life. To learn more about TMD, please visit our page on TMJ and Bruxism Treatment. Let us help you return to eating normally again.
Another potential cause of your trouble chewing is periodontal (gum) disease. If you are suffering from gum disease, you may be experiencing pain due to the inflammation and infection of your gums. When left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and jawbone deterioration. Luckily, we have the tools necessary to diagnose and treat your periodontal problems.
We offer scaling and root planing, antibiotic treatments, laser treatments, electrotherapy, and traditional surgical methods of treatment. Depending on your situation, we can help get rid of your gum disease using any combination of these methods. X-rays and a throughout examination will allow us to understand your current circumstance and help treat your problems in the most effective way possible.
If you are ready to eat properly again, let us help solve your TMJ or gum disease related issues. There is no need to live your life in pain. Call our office at 818-783-1515. You can also send us a message using our online form. If you are having trouble chewing, please let us help.