TMJ (which stands for temporomandibular joint) disorders affect over 10 million people in the United States. It has become common practice for dentists to treat these disorders. The TMJ joint is where the lower jaw connects to the skull. This is where the jaw opens and closes in order for the patient to eat, chew, and speak. When a patient suffers from a TMJ disorder, he will find that the movements in this joint have been compromised. He will often suffer from significant head and neck pain. For some patients, the jaw may lock. This condition will be accompanied by a piercing pain and a reduced ability to eat or speak. Dr. Trunkey is a dentist who has been specifically trained to provide treatment for TMJ disorders. Call today for a consultation if you believe that you are suffering from a TMJ disorder.
Why do people get TMJ disorders?
TMJ disorders may be caused by a variety of contributing factors:
- Constant pressure may be placed on the TMJ if you consistently grind or clench your teeth.
- A traumatic injury to your TMJ due to an accident, such as a sports injury or a car accident.
- TMJ disorders can be caused by rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis.
- Regular stress can contribute to TMJ disorders.
TMJ disorders are often overlooked or misdiagnosed. It usually requires the skill and training of a dentist to know for sure. Please contact our office and discover the great difference that TMJ treatments can have.
How will I know if I might have a TMJ disorder?
- You may hear a popping, clicking, or crackling sound near your ear
- You may experience pain when you open or close your jaw
- Your jaw will be sore and tender
- You may experience pain or tenderness while chewing your food
- You may experience ringing in your ears
- You may experience severe pain in your TMJ
- You may experience dizziness
- You may experience headaches
- You may experience pain around your eyes or cheeks
- You may experience chronic fatigue
- You may experience tenderness and swelling in the sides of your face
- You may experience a “locking” of your jaw
- You may experience toothaches
- You may experience a burning or tingling sensation in your mouth, tongue, or throat
Dr. Trunkey will approach your TMJ disorder with a special device that will be worn in your mouth. This will be combined with a regimen of corrective therapy. You will be delighted for your neck and headache pain to be eliminated.