Clifford S. Litvak, M.S., D.D.S. and Dr. James R. Woller D.D.S.

Dental Care with a Gentle touch

Denver - Cherry Creek Dentist

We have one simple approach to the way we practice dentistry – to provide all our patients and their families with outstanding dental care in a relaxing, welcoming, and comfortable environment. This patient-focused philosophy is the foundation for our success and enables us to deliver gentle treatments that are specifically tailored to meet each patient's unique set of needs.

Teeth Grinding & TMJ Treatment in Denver

Woman in pain from teeth grinding near Denver CODo you have chronic pain in your head, neck, jaw, or all three? These uncomfortable symptoms can easily become the center of your life because they affect nearly everything you do. Even simple actions like chewing and speaking can be difficult or painful.

But you don’t have to learn to live with pain, because we offer advanced solutions that will allow you to get back to enjoying a pain-free life. Dr. Litvak has completed advanced training in treating these symptoms and even teaches TMJ treatment at University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. You can be confident that you will receive the most updated quality care available.

TMJ, TMD, and Problems with Teeth Grinding

TMJ refers to your temporomandibular joint, which controls the movement of your lower jaw. You can feel this joint moving if you place your fingers in front of your ears and open and close your jaw. When this joint is not working correctly or causes you pain, we use the term TMD – temporomandibular joint disorder.

TMD-related pain originates in the jaw joint or the muscles that control movement when chewing or speaking. While your jaw is moving, these muscles are also working to support your head and neck.

Since these muscles do a lot of work, they can become tired, tense, or painful from overuse just like any other muscles in the body. This can lead to facial pain or pain in your jaw, neck, and head.

Any of these problems can be symptomatic of TMD:

  • Headaches, including migraines
  • Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw
  • Tooth breakage and tooth wear
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Pain in the TMJ (temporomandibular joint)

Couple smiling after TMJ treatment in Cherry Creek COTreatment Options to Reduce Symptoms of TMJ

The goals of treatment are to decrease pain, increase jaw function, and limit the impact of TMD on your daily life. First, our dentists in Denver will perform a thorough evaluation of your oral health and pinpoint the source of your pain. Experience has shown us that conservative treatments, which may include medication therapy and techniques for reducing your general stress level, are often effective non-invasive solutions for alleviating the painful symptoms of TMD.

Your symptoms may also be reduced with a customized oral device that fits comfortably over your front teeth. The device may be worn while you sleep and is designed to relax the jaw, so the upper and lower teeth don’t come into contact, relieving the tooth clenching that can increase painful symptoms.

Contact Our Dental Office in South Denver for Pain Relief

We know how the painful symptoms of TMD can make it difficult to enjoy life, and we’re sympathetic to your discomfort. Dr. Litvak and our team will work with you until we find the solution that eliminates your pain so you can take back your life. Please call our dentist office at (303) 777-8850 to schedule TMJ treatment in Denver!

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