TMJ TreatmentAn Overview
Temporomandibular joint disorder is a condition that affects over 10% of the American population, and is often misdiagnosed and mistreated by health care professionals with little to no training in the dental field.
This highly complex disorder occurs when the temporomandibular joint connecting the upper and lower jaw becomes misaligned or stressed.Typical symptoms associated with TMJ disorder include popping or clicking of the jaw joint, ringing of the ears, headaches and a jaw that does not open or close smoothly.
TMJ Symptoms & Signs
Typical symptoms associated with TMJ disorder may include excessive tooth wear, chronic headaches, clicking or grinding noises in the TM Joint, as well as pain or difficulty in opening or closing one’s mouth. The signs of TMJ dysfunction are different for every patient, making it a challenge for an untrained clinician to reach a diagnosis. TMJ symptoms also often mask themselves or are similar to those of other medical condition. Some of the more common signs or symptoms include:
- Popping or clicking in the jaw
- Difficulty opening and closing the jaw
- Pain when chewing, eating or opening wide
- Frequent headaches or migraines
- Ringing of the ears
- Soreness or tiredness in the face or jaw
TMJ Therapy with Annapolis Dentist Dr. Sheen
Before beginning any TMJ therapy treatments, Annapolis dentist Dr. Vernon Sheen will conduct a thorough examination of your head, mouth, jaw joints, facial muscles, and teeth. Since TMJ disorders often overlap with other pre-existing dental conditions, a comprehensive evaluation is necessary to discover underlying causes and develop a treatment plan specific to your needs.
Visit Our Annapolis Dentist Office for Experienced TMJ Therapy
If your jaw joints are in constant pain, and you think you might be suffering from TMJ disorder, contact our dentist in Annapolis, MD today to schedule a comprehensive evaluation. Call (443) 482- 5202 or schedule an appointment online.