TMJ Therapy An Overview
TMJ is the term widely in use when referring to Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD), a complex group of disorders sometimes characterized by pain and limited mobility in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and surrounding tissue. It is estimated that 35 million adults suffer from TMJ Disorders; however, there are few medical professionals experienced in diagnosing and treating these conditions.
TMJ disorder is a term commonly used to describe dysfunction in the bite. Dysfunction in the TMJ can cause uncomfortable and painful symptoms to patients with TMJ disorder experience some more of malocclusion of the bite.
Signs & Symptoms of TMJ
Patients with TMJ Disorders often exhibit signs and symptoms very different from one another, which makes diagnosing TMJ Disorders a challenge. Frequent signs or symptoms include:
- Noises in the TMJ, popping, clicking or grating
- Difficulty opening or “locked” jaw
- Frequent headaches or migraines.
- Difficulty eating or chewing
- Tired sensation after exercising the TMJ as in eating, chewing or speaking
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, be sure to contact our office right away. Our team of dentists can perform a dental examination to determine if you are suffering from TMJ disorder. If so, we can tailor a treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms and restore function to your natural smile.