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Treatment For Stress-Induced Jaw Pain In San Antonio

On February 10, 2012, in TMJ/TMD, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry

Treatment For Stress Induced Jaw Pain In San Antonio

Everyday aggravators cause many San Antonio people to respond by clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth. For example, daily commuting in San Antonio can take a physical toll. All the traffic, noise, and perpetual road construction causes some people to grind their teeth as they navigate the sea of cars.

Some San Antonio folks who hate waiting in long lines channel their frustration to their jaw as they try, by the sheer force of will, to cause the line to move faster.

Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can cause a painful condition called TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. In San Antonio, TMD is often mistakenly called ‘TMJ‘: the acronym for Temporomandibular Joint.

Your jaw is able to open and close thanks to many jaw muscles and the intricate temporomandibular joints. These joints allow for fluid mobility as you chew, speak, and yawn.

Damage to these joints can lead to chronic pain in the jaw, head, face and neck. Pain may be experienced on one or both sides of the jaw.

TMD is an often misdiagnosed condition in San Antonio because facial pain can result from a variety of things, not just damage to the temporomandibular joints. Sinus infections, tooth decay, and facial inuries can cause jaw pain. A correct diagnosis is necessary for treating TMD.

At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS we have been diagnosing and treating TMD since 1981. If you are experiencing clicking, popping, or discomfort in your jaw, call William J. Stewart Jr. DDS today for a diagnosis and treatment plan.

I am Dr. William Stewart and I enjoy providing high quality general dentistry to the residents of San Antonio and the surrounding areas.

William J. Stewart Jr. DDS not only treats TMD, but we redesign smiles with state-of-the-art dental treatments. We offer cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, and sedation dentistry.

Your smile is contagious! Make sure it is healthy and beautiful. Call William J. Stewart Jr. DDS today to schedule a consultation or examination: 210-493-3040.

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Overbites And Underbites in San Antonio

On August 25, 2010, in TMJ/TMD, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry

Overbites And Underbites When the upper part of the jaw and the lower part of the jaw are not the same size, bite problems can occur. When the lower jaw is smaller than the upper jaw, it is called an overbite. When the reverse is true, it is called an underbite. Another related alignment disorder is called a crossbite. Crossbites occur when lower teeth are in the wrong position. They may be incorrectly positioned sideways, forward or backward.

Malocclusion (literally ‘bad bite’) is the term used for all types of bite problems including overbites, underbites and crossbites. Jaw alignment disorders can cause a range of problems and often prohibit proper chewing and/or swallowing. Teeth can shift around in the mouth, causing even more discomfort or difficulty. Gum disease and tooth decay are also harder to prevent because proper oral hygiene can be difficult with a malocclusion. TMJ disorder can develop over time. Distorted facial shape and unattractive teeth are often the most noticeable and troubling issues for those affected.

Fortunately, there are a variety of effective treatments for bite problems. If you suspect your child has a bite misalignment like TMD (TMJ Disorder), it is especially important to have them examined as early as possible. By starting early, you can make sure they avoid years of pain and self-consciousness.

Call William J. Stewart Jr. DDS at 210-493-3040. Doctor Dr. William Stewart, DDS is experienced in diagnosing bite disorders in patients of all ages. We can create a successful treatment plan for you. We also perform cosmetic dentistry and dental implants for San Antonio area dental clients.

William J. Stewart Jr. DDS

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