John S. Ledakis, DDS, PA -  - Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry

John S. Ledakis, DDS, PA

Cosmetic Dentistry, Reconstructive Dentistry & Emergency Dentistry located in West Palm Beach, FL

TMJ Specialist

Dealing with persistent jaw pain and headaches from temporomandibular dysfunction (TMJ) can affect your quality of life. Fortunately, you can have this condition treated to ease these symptoms and prevent them from returning. At the offices of John S. Ledakis, DDS, PA, Dr. Ledakis and Dr. Joel Baez offer treatment for patients in West Palm Beach, Florida who have TMJ symptoms.

TMJ Q & A

John S. Ledakis, DDS, PA

What are the signs of TMJ dysfunction?

If you have TMJ dysfunction, you might have the following symptoms. Keep in mind that you might experience these symptoms more often when you wake up in the morning, although they can also occur throughout the day.

  • Headaches
  • Jaw, ear, or facial pain
  • Pain while chewing
  • Difficulty fully opening and closing your mouth
  • Clicking sounds when you move your jaw

What causes TMJ dysfunction?

Your temporomandibular joint connects your jawbone to the rest of your skull. You have one of these joints on both sides of your head. When one or both of these joints aren’t working properly, this can irritate your nerves, muscles, and other soft tissue in this area. You might have TMJ dysfunction from one of the following underlying causes:

  • Teeth grinding or bruxism
  • Chronic stress
  • Underbite or overbite
  • Trauma to your jawbone, neck, or head
  • Medical condition that causes joint pain, such as osteoarthritis


Dr. Ledakis or Dr. Baez will examine your jaw and find out what’s causing your symptoms. Based on these findings, they’ll recommend the most suitable course of treatment.

What treatments are available for TMJ dysfunction?

Dr. Ledakis and Dr. Baez offer different kinds of treatment for TMJ dysfunction. Your course of treatment will depend on the underlying cause. For example, if you have symptoms due to teeth grinding, you might need to get a mouth guard, which you’ll wear while sleeping. This prevents you from grinding your teeth during the night. If you have an underbite or overbite that causes your symptoms, Dr. Ledakis or Dr. Baez might recommend orthodontics. Dr. Ledakis also offers surgery to correct TMJ dysfunction and relieve symptoms.

What else can I do to relieve TMJ dysfunction symptoms?

Dr. Ledakis and Dr. Baez can also provide you with advice on easing TMJ dysfunction symptoms at home. This might include avoiding eating foods that are highly sticky or hard to chew, which prevents you from overusing your jaw muscles. They might recommend putting ice or heat on your jaw to relieve pain or doing stretching exercises that make your jaw muscles stronger.

For more information on treatment for TMJ dysfunction, please contact the offices of John S. Ledakis, DDS, PA to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ledakis or Dr. Baez.

Insurance

We accept the majority of dental insurance plans, however, we do not accept HMO plans at this time. Please call our office if you do not see your insurance plan listed or have any other questions!

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Location
John S. Ledakis, DDS, PA
4512 N. Flagler Drive, Suite 301
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Phone: 561-260-5145
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561-260-5145