Achieving true optimal health means considering all of the structures that influence your dental health. Conditions such as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD/TMJ) are often overlooked although they may contribute to a number of other dental and health problems.
Also referred to as TMJ or TMD, this disorder is both very common and frequently misdiagnosed. As a result, the damage can be significant and widespread.
Dr. Piccolo’s extensive training at the prestigious L.D. Pankey Institute has well-prepared him to identify and treat the disorder. Understanding the relationship between the jaw joint, the muscles, the teeth, and your periodontal health enables him to prevent further damage and relieve your discomfort.
Characterized by chronic clenching and grinding bruxism), TMD may also be identified by headaches and neckaches, pain in the jaw joint, fractured teeth and fillings, and worn enamel. Much of the damage typically happens during sleep, when patients are unable to control the movements of the jaw and muscles.
It is possible that many patients are unaware of night time clenching or grinding at all, unless a friend or family member has observed them while asleep. For other patients, excessive bruxism may occur during the day. Performing strenuous activities while exercising, extreme concentration at work, or mindlessly gritting the teeth while driving can all lead to harmful bruxism.
Making the condition even more difficult to diagnose, TMD/TMJ can occur with or without pain. While some patients are aware of chronic bruxism, others may only display the symptoms periodically. The damage that occurs can be gradual in nature, preventing patients from noticing the changes in the teeth or gums. Furthermore, a large number of patients fail to identify the connection between on-going symptoms such as morning headaches and the possibility of a dental disorder.
Dr. Piccolo’s expertise in the fields of bite equilibrium and TMD make him a highly qualified professional in the treatment of the disorder. Utilizing a non-surgical approach whenever possible, he has the resources to restore your damaged teeth as well as prevent future damage to the joint.