Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, also known as TMD or TMJ disorder, is a neuromuscular condition that affects the joints and muscles of the jaw. Are you getting constant headaches along with ringing in your ear and pain in the neck and jaw? You should consider visiting your dentist.

Dr. Ron Thompson and the team have years of experience treating patients with TMJ disorder. We can help you overcome those unpleasant symptoms.

What is TMJ Disorder? |

The temporomandibular joint connects your jawbone with your skull in a sliding hinge manner. Disorders in this section can cause pain in the joint and in the muscles controlling jaw movement. 

It is hard to determine the exact causes of TMD. We usually chalk it down to a combination of factors including arthritis, jaw injury, or genetics. If the bite becomes misaligned or damaged for any reason, the facial muscles have to work harder when you chew and speak. There are constant discomfort and strain on the entire system of teeth, muscles, nerves, and bones. 

If you are suffering from TMJ disorder, the following are some of the symptoms you might be experiencing:

  • Migraines and headaches
  • Ringing or pain in the ears
  • Stiffness in the neck and shoulders
  • Pain or fatigue in the facial muscles
  • Worn down, chipped, or damaged teeth
  • Pain or soreness in the jaw
  • Clicking or locking in the jaw joints

Some patients can also get a clicking sound or a grating sensation when they open and close their jaw. 

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Diagnosing and Treating TMD |

You must seek medical attention if the pain in your jaw is persistent or if you cannot open or close your jaw completely. Dr. Thompsonn can sit down with you and discuss possible causes and treatments. Our team of experts can identify TMJ disorders with a thorough exam and a few X-rays. 

Dr. Thompson will take detailed images of your jaw to learn more about the potential cause of your TMD and discover the best treatment for you. You may also need a CT scan for more detailed images of the bones in your jaw and an MRI to check for the joints disk or the soft tissue surrounding the joint. 

Once the TMD has been diagnosed, he will create a plan that best suits your unique needs. This plan may involve a custom orthotic appliance, restorative treatments, or changes in your lifestyle. 

Along with the nonsurgical treatments, you might be prescribed some medications such as pain relievers and anti-inflammatories, tricyclic antidepressants,and muscle relaxants. 

Do you think you may be suffering from TMD? Whether you need TMJ treatment or general and cosmetic services, you can trust the professionals of Scottsdale Dental Care. To learn more, give us a call today and schedule your appointment.