Questions about Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD/TMJ disorder)

Maryville and Knoxville, TN

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD/TMJ disorder) is a condition Why Do I Have Headaches?occurring when your temporomandibular joint, the joint connecting your jaw to your skull, becomes out of balance or rather misaligned. TMJ disorder often results in chronic, debilitating pain if not taken care of early on. However, the disease or condition is easily treated using the principles of balance and natural therapy, which focus on bringing your jaw and bite (they way your teeth fit together) back to its optimal resting position.

What causes TMJ disorder?

There are multiple factors, which can be contributed to your developing bite problems (disease). These include:

  • Injury to the jaw or muscles in the head and neck by a blow or impact (such as a car accident, fall or sports injury)
  • Clenching and Grinding your teeth due to stress, medications, or fatigued (unhappy) muscles
  • Misalignment of teeth, oral habits or missing teeth causing a shift in the position of your jaw

What are the symptoms of TMJ disorder?

Symptoms of TMJ disorder often include:

  • Clicking or popping sound when opening and closing your jaw
  • Locking jaw, which limits your range of motion
  • Jaw pain
  • Facial pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Uneven or uncomfortable bite
  • Headaches
  • Ringing in your ears

How is TMJ disorder diagnosed?

Maryville dentists Dr. Tommy Spears and Dr. Jake Goza will do a comprehensive evaluation of your symptoms, signs and medical history as well as identify the current conditions through jaw tracking technology, digital x-ray equipment and computerized equipment that will examine your bite thoroughly to determine the proper diagnosis.

How do you treat TMJ disorder?

Treatment is individualized for every patient and depends on the severity of your TMJ disorder (bite disease). Our Maryville, Tennessee dentist will first work to alleviate the pain caused by your TMJ disorder through natural means, and then they will correct the underlying issues causing the misalignment of your jaw.  Possible treatments may include:

  • Pain medication
  • Physical Therapy
  • Custom Orthotic mouthpieces
  • Special Orthodontics
  • Dental restorations

Please contact our Maryville and Knoxville, Tennessee TMJ/TMD dentists today to schedule your initial consultation.

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