Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is the name given to any disorder resulting in a misalignment of your jaw or problems affecting the temporomandibular joints. The primary focus of neuromuscular dentistry is the detection and treatment of TMJ.
If you are experiencing any discomfort throughout the jaw, please call our Medford neuromuscular dentists at 781-396-8558 today to schedule an appointment.
TMJ Symptoms in the Jaw
Many of the symptoms of TMJ occur in and around the jaw. These include:
- Clicking or popping when opening the jaw
- Grinding noises when opening or shutting your mouth
- Limited jaw mobility including lockjaw
- Pain or swelling around the jaw joint
In addition, issues such as uneven tooth wear may indicate TMJ. If you are experiencing any of these problems, please contact our office for a neuromuscular dentistry evaluation.
Systemic TMJ Symptoms
In addition to symptoms in and around the jaw, TMJ may produce symptoms such as:
- Ear ringing or pain
- Sinus problems
- Eye pressure
- General facial pain
- Back and neck aches
Left untreated, TMJ can lead to postural changes and even digestive disorders, making it important to see one of our dentists at the first sign of any of its symptoms.
Because TMJ symptoms can occur outside of the jaw, it is frequently misdiagnosed. Unfortunately, when TMJ remains undiagnosed, the treatment necessary to correct it is never utilized. This may result in a reliance on prescription medications that fail to prevent symptoms from reoccurring.
TMJ treatment is specifically focused on restoring alignment and comfort to your jaw. By addressing the underlying problem, future symptoms can often be avoided. The only way to determine if you have TMJ and to find the optimal treatment is by visiting one of our experienced neuromuscular dentists for a thorough examination.
If you live in or around Boston, Medford, Cambridge, Somerville, or Winchester, Massachusetts and are suffering from any of the symptoms of TMJ, please contact Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry today to schedule a neuromuscular evaluation.