TMJ is used to describe issues in the temporomandibular joint—sometimes, it is called TMD.
The TMJ is a hinge-type joint that allows your jaw to move when you speak, yawn, or eat. It is also the joint connecting your lower jaw to the area just in front of your ears.
Your dentist in Jonesboro, AR has had success treating this condition!
Signs of TMJ
TMJ symptoms can be mild or severe, depending on the level of your joint dysfunction and inflammation.
Mild cases may benefit from specific exercises that your dentist can discuss with you.
Severe cases can interfere with life quality, and the symptoms may include:
- Jaw pain and tenderness
- Head, neck, and shoulder pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Clicking sound in the jaw
- Locking jaw
Severe TMJ may require surgery, but we can often treat it successfully here in our dental office.
TMJ Treatment in Jonesboro, AR
We think the best treatment for TMJ is a non-invasive approach that does not require recovery time. Fortunately, we offer appliance therapy to combat TMJ.
This method calls for your dentist to craft a custom nightguard that fits over your teeth. Worn at night, this guard helps train your jaws into more desirable and pain-free positions. It can also help with bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding). Bruxism is often associated with TMJ.
Without treatment, bruxism can cause severe pain and even tooth fractures.
At Anthony Bartels, DDS, we want you to enjoy a comfortable and pain-free smile.
Contact Your TMJ Dentist in Jonesboro, AR to Get Started
At your preventive exams, our dentist always looks at the integrity of your jawbone. But if you suspect TMJ or would like to schedule an evaluation, we encourage you to contact our dental office today. And always reach out if you have any questions for our team.