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Blake Street Dental | TMJ in Denver

Blake Street Dental P.C.

Dr. Arnold Cullum B.Sc., D.D.S.

1732 Blake Street
Denver, CO 80202

(303) 814-2200


iStock_000010826377Small.jpg TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, connects your lower jaw (the mandible) to your skull at the temporal bone. Controlling many jaw functions like chewing, if these muscles or the joint itself are causing you pain, you may have temporamandibular disorder, or TMD. TMD can be caused by stress, continual clenching of the jaw muscles, or teeth grinding.

Some of the symptoms of TMD are:

  • Pain when opening or closing mouth
  • Trouble chewing
  • Jaw becoming stuck open or shut
  • Headaches or ear pain
  • Clicking or popping sounds when opening your mouth
  • Teeth Grinding

Many of these symptoms are associated with other dental problems, so only a medical professional can tell you if it is due to TMD. Teeth grinding is an especially problematic symptom because it can lead to further problems. Prolonged teeth grinding, or bruxism, can cause enamel to wear off and expose dentin, which is soft and susceptible to decay. Sensitivity to hot or cold food or drink may also develop from excessive teeth grinding.

If you suspect you may have TMD, come talk to us.  We can help provide relief from your symptoms. Pain relievers and hot/cold compresses are temporary solutions. A night guard can also be used to help prevent or lessen the effects of teeth grinding at night. In very severe cases, surgery may be required, but behavioral treatments to change the way you use your jaw muscles are usually enough to provide relief from TMJ.

Denver Dentist | TMJ. Arnold Cullum is a Denver Dentist.