TMJ is the common term for temporomandibular joint disorder that occurs when your bite is out of alignment. The temporomandibular joint acts as a hinge and enables us to bite and chew food. It is capable of both a rotating and sliding motion. TMJ symptoms are wide-ranging from clicking in the joint to very serious jaw pain, muscle spasms, soreness, and severe headaches. Sometimes a TMJ patient may not even be able to open or close their mouth sufficiently.
What is a TMJ Dentist?
In the dentistry field, technically there is not a specialization for TMJ. Therefore, most TMJ dentists are actually general dentists. Dr. Paul Landman has treated patients with this condition for decades.
The joint is quite complex and TMJ may involve surrounding muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, bones, and sometimes it affects the teeth. To the right you can see a detailed diagram that shows the specific area of the jaw where this condition takes place.
We have had a lot of success in handling TMJ by placing night guards or other appliances. We also have used equilibration to alleviate symptoms.
Many patients have varying levels of pain associated with TMJ. If you have experienced any of the following symptoms, we would like to meet with you. There are many TMJ treatments that we can recommend to get you out of pain.
Here are some symptoms of TMJ disorder:
- Headaches or migraines
- Ongoing clenching of the jaw
- Pain while eating
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Chipped, cracked, or loose teeth
- Soreness around the jaw joints
- Excessive neck or shoulder pain
- Jaw clicking or locking
We understand the pain you are dealing with and want you to know that we are a TMJ dentist that can help. Schedule a consultation today at 888-747-8006 so we can determine the next steps to alleviate your pain.