Does your jaw consistently pop or click when you move it? Do you continuously suffer from headaches, ear aches, or perhaps even neck and shoulder pain? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be experiencing symptoms associated with the temporomandibular joint disorder commonly known as TMJ. Located where your jawbone connects to your skull, TMJ Disorder can stem from a number of different factors and can often be debilitating when left untreated.
At The Art of Dentistry, our experienced dentist, Dr. Robin Rutherford, utilizes advanced TMJ treatment methods designed to realign and improve the function of your jaw while helping to alleviate the disorder’s painful symptoms. During a pre-treatment consultation, Dr. Rutherford will focus on determining the specific cause of your TMJ issues and selecting the proper technique that can effectively address your individual needs.
Causes and Symptoms of TMJ
TMJ can be caused by a number of different issues, including arthritis, lack of cartilage, grinding, clenching, or jaw misalignment, among others. When one or more of these issues is present, common symptoms often include:
- Difficulty in chewing and/or jaw movement
- Clicking or popping sensations
- Headaches and ear aches
- Shoulder, neck, and back pain
- Numbness in outermost extremities
- Slight dizziness
- Facial pain
Dr. Rutherford will assess your specific jaw issues and determine the proper TMJ treatment to hinder cartilage recession and minimize your symptoms. Some effective treatments that Dr. Rutherford can utilize include:
- Bite therapy
- Night guards
- Jaw realignment
- Oral surgery
Dr. Rutherford will discuss what to expect in regards to recovery and results from your treatment after he has selected the ideal method for your needs.
Contact The Art of Dentistry
To learn more about TMJ and its many treatments, or if you believe you might be suffering symptoms associated with the jaw disorder, please contact The Art of Dentistry today. Our staff will answer any of your questions and help you schedule a consultation with Dr. Rutherford to determine the best course of action for your needs.