Dr. John D. Beckwith and the experienced professionals at Cornerstone Dental can help patients who suffer from chronic facial, head, and neck pain, and other conditions caused by disorders of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Located along the jaw, TMJ disorder can be responsible for a number of symptoms that can affect one’s way of life. These symptoms are often characterized by persistent clicking or popping in the jaws, but they can also include severe headaches, facial and jaw pain, trouble opening and closing the mouth, and even dizziness. Our experienced dentist offers a number of treatment options that can significantly reduce the symptoms of TMJ and improve the quality of your daily life.
What is TMJ?
TMJ, also referred to as temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMD, affects thousands of people across America and can be partially or fully responsible for chronic, debilitating facial pain. When the jaw becomes separated from its original position to the socket and muscles, it can affect the teeth and jaw joints and cause severe discomfort and pain throughout the head and neck areas. The condition can be caused by a number of factors, including a poor bite relationship between the teeth, clenching and teeth grinding, trauma to the side of the face, and even whiplash.
Symptoms of TMJ
Patients who suffer from disorders of the temporomandibular joint may be enduring daily pain and discomfort, yet they may not know exactly what’s causing it. TMJ can be a major cause of chronic pain in the head and neck areas, and ultimately have a debilitating effect on one’s way of life. Symptoms of TMJ include:
- Headache and migraine
- Pain in shoulders, neck, and back
- Facial pain
- Clicking or popping in the jaw joints
- Trouble chewing
- Trouble swallowing
- Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
- Numbness in arms and fingers
Treatment Options for TMJ
Once TMJ has been diagnosed as the likely cause of symptoms such as those listed above, there are a variety of treatment options that can help to relieve those symptoms and help patients reduce the chronic pain that is affecting their livelihoods. Treatment for TMJ disorder may include:
- Nightguards or dayguards
- Restorative dentistry
- Bite realignment and adjustment
- Oral surgery
Treatments for TMJ disorder will vary depending on each patient. When you meet with our experienced dentist for a comprehensive oral evaluation and consultation, he will explain all aspects of treatment with you and create a customized plan designed specifically for your needs.