Cupertino Dentist Explores TMJ Discomfort

•February 3, 2014 • Leave a Comment

young girl jaw painDoes your jaw hurt? Do you hear a popping or clicking noise when you open and/or close your mouth? TMJ disorder is a jaw dysfunction that inhibits the mouth’s movement and causes a wide range of discomfort by afflicting the jaw’s joints. Unfortunately, the symptoms of TMJ disorder are diverse enough that diagnosing the malady is often difficult. To help determine if your chronic discomfort is TMJ related, your Cupertino dentist, Dr. Randall LaFrom, explores TMJ disorder’s common causes and symptoms.

Trouble with Jaw Movement

The lower jaw hinges on the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) that connect the mandible to the skull and move together as the jaw opens and closes. Like hinges on a door, jaw joints can become damaged if the jaw isn’t aligned properly, or if the joints are placed under an excessive amount of pressure. Crooked teeth, a congenital jaw defect, or a traumatic injury can disturb a bite’s natural balance, forcing the jaw to work extra hard to remain straight while biting and chewing. Bruxism, the common habit of grinding teeth, can strain jaw joints and lead to TMJ disorder, as well. Typically, finding relief from TMJ discomfort requires correcting the issue that’s causing the disorder to allow the joints to heal. Continue reading ‘Cupertino Dentist Explores TMJ Discomfort’

Cupertino CA Dentist Lists Three Benefits of Dental Braces

•January 25, 2014 • Leave a Comment

smile 7Have you considered straightening your teeth to achieve your ideal smile? If so, there are several reasons to go ahead and opt for dental braces. To learn about these reasons, consult the following list provided by your Cupertino CA dentist, Dr. Randall LaFrom. Continue reading ‘Cupertino CA Dentist Lists Three Benefits of Dental Braces’