The temporomandibular joint, or the “TMJ,” is also known as the jaw joint. It assists in the basic functions of the jaw, including opening and closing, chewing, and speaking. When a person has pain in this joint it is called temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or “TMD.”
TMD can contribute to a myriad of complications. Those who suffer from TMD often experience headaches, migraines, and pain that can extend through the shoulders and back. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have TMD. Consider scheduling a TMD consultation with Dr. Russell Anderson.
Dr. Anderson has treated several patients with TMD. He will professionally treat your TMD, eliminating any painful symptoms you may have experienced. Under his care, you can reclaim your life again.
Symptoms and Signs of TMD
During your initial consultation, we will ask you questions about your symptoms and physically examine the mouth and jaw. Some of the common symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
- Muscle tenderness
- Clicking or popping sounds coming from the jaw
- Locking jaw or limited movement in the jaw
- Difficulty or discomfort when chewing, talking, or opening the mouth
- Swelling around the joint
- A tired feeling in the jaw
- Difficulty swallowing
- Ringing, buzzing, or pain in the ears
- Stiff muscles in the face, neck, shoulders, and back
Treating TMJ Disorder
At Russel Anderson Jr. Dentistry, we can relieve your symptoms with warm compresses, medications, and massages. However, our ultimate goal is to give you long-term relief from TMD. Dr. Anderson will give you a TMJ mouthguard to combat TMD.
Our mouthguards are oral appliances that fit over the teeth to reduce tooth wear and sensitivity. Your mouthguard prevents you from clenching and grinding your teeth (the most common causes of TMJ disorder). They give the muscles a much-needed break and promote the proper function of the joint, while providing better alignment.
If you believe you are suffering from TMJ disorder, Dr. Anderson can help you find a hassle-free solution. Contact our office to schedule your consultation!