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TMJ & TMD THERAPY
Our jaws are attached to the bottom of our skulls by the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which acts as a sliding hinge allowing us to move our jaws up and down and from side to side. Dysfunction in this joint can result in compromised movement and severe discomfort in and around the jaw. This disorder is called a temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly shortened as TMD or TMJ disorder. Some common symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
Jaw pain, particularly when chewing or opening the mouth wide
Clicking or popping sound in the jaw when chewing or moving the jaw
Trouble chewing or uncomfortable bite
Ear pain, or ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
Pain in the face around the jaw joint
Sometimes, simple home remedies can do a great deal to relieve these symptoms, such as applying hot or cold compresses and switching to soft foods. If pain and discomfort persist however, further treatment might be necessary.
TMD/TMJ treatments at Farmington Dental Care
We will thoroughly examine your teeth and jaw to determine whether or not an unnatural bite is the likely cause of your TMD symptoms, and design a treatment plan that would most benefit your condition. This could include an occlusal (bite) adjustment, restoring deteriorating teeth, or even creating a customized mouth guard to reduce teeth grinding and jaw clenching.
We use our mouths to eat, speak, sing and laugh, so don’t let TMD pain and discomfort prevent you from enjoying it all to the fullest. Call us at 503-644-1126 to schedule your consultation with Dr. John Lee at Farmington Dental Care and get one step closer to resuming your normal activities and life!
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