Thousands of people suffer from headaches, chronic facial pain, clicking or popping of the jaw, problems with chewing, and other symptoms that may be caused by Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ). The temporomandibular joint is located between the upper and lower jaw, connecting to the mandible of the skull. Conditions affecting this joint can cause severe, acute pain that can spread to other parts of the body if left untreated, and ultimately have an affect on your day-to-day life. Our experienced dentist, Dr. Michael Fulbright, offers several treatment options for TMJ Disorder that can effectively relieve discomfort and reduce common symptoms.
What is TMJ Disorder?
The temporomandibular joint is an essential part of your mouth; it helps the jaw move smoothly when you talk, bite, and yawn. If this joint becomes irritated from imbalance or overuse, it can cause significant pain and discomfort. The development of TMJ Disorder can be attributed to other causes, as well, including obstructive sleep apnea. Symptoms can become worse if left untreated, causing the teeth and jaw joints to become unbalanced and misaligned. Many patients who have TMJ Disorder may not even realize it. That’s why an oral evaluation can be vital if you are experiencing symptoms. These symptoms may include:
- Clicking or popping of the jaw
- Ringing in the ears
- Facial pain
- Difficulties chewing and/or swallowing
- Discomfort in the neck, shoulders, and back
- Numbness in the arms or fingers
Dr. Fulbright can meet with you for an initial consultation to evaluate your symptoms and determine if TMJ Disorder may be causing them.
TMJ Disorder Treatment Options
Fortunately, there are several treatment options that can significantly minimize symptoms associated with TMJ Disorder. Some of these treatment options include:
- Wearing a night guard to prevent teeth grinding/clenching
- Laser therapy
- Bite-realignment appliances
- Oral surgery
- Restorative dental procedures
- Orthodontics (braces/retainers)
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Dr. Fulbright will conduct a comprehensive TMJ evaluation to determine the most effective treatment option for you. He will thoroughly explain all of your treatment options with you and create a customized plan for your specific needs.
Schedule a TMJ Consultation
If you are experiencing symptoms of TMJ Disorder, please contact the practice of Michael Fulbright, D.D.S. today. We provide exceptional TMJ treatment plans and will be happy to meet with you for an evaluation of your symptoms.