TMJ TherapyAn Overview
The temporomandibular joint is the delicate joint that connects the upper and lower jaw to the skull. The health of the temporomandibular joint is essential for helping you chew and speak comfortably. Damage or misuse of the joint can create a range of painful symptoms referred to as TMD, or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.
Patients may experience TMD for different reasons. An injury to the joint, bruxism, or stress can all induce discomfort in the face and jaw. For many patients teeth grinding or jaw clenching can put added pressure on the joint causing damage or muscle tension that triggers chronic pain symptoms, headaches, and discomfort.
Left untreated, TMD can lead to chronic, sometimes debilitating pain in the face, neck, shoulders and upper back. Early and precise diagnosis of the underlying cause of jaw pain or issues is imperative for effective treatment. Claremont Dental Institute provides comprehensive TMJ Therapy.
“When it comes to TMJ treatment, the importance of early treatment cannot be overstated. The condition can advance in stages and get progressively worse. Successful treatment results can be the end to the cycle of pain.”
—Dr. Steve Fountain
Symptoms of TMJ
Do I have TMJ? If you ever wake up with headaches, experience chronic facial pain, or have tension in your face or jaw, you may have TMJ. Patients with TMJ often complain of upper back, neck and shoulder pain, popping or clicking of the jaw, or numbness in the face. TMJ pain is difficult to subside with over the counter medications and requires proper diagnosis and treatment for relief.
Be sure to tell your Claremont Dental Institute dentist if you experience the symptoms of TMJ. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent secondary dental health concerns from developing.