The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the lower jaw to the skull. If the TMJ is not functioning properly, it can result in a condition known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD). This disorder is often associated with headaches and migraines. Diagnosis of TMD can be made through a comprehensive evaluation with your Tennessee Family Dental dentist.
Our dentists regularly screen our patients for symptoms consistent with TMJ/TMD. If you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from TMJ/TMD:
A painful temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can be treated effectively with one of the following treatments:
At Tennessee Family Dental, we take a conservative treatment approach that does not involve drugs or surgery. Our dentists consider splints and bite adjustments as first line therapy options to correct the jaw position. These reversible treatments do not cause permanent changes to the structure or position of the jaw or teeth. Splints and bite adjustments will help your muscles relax and reduce unnecessary pressure on your TMJ.
In most cases, these two treatment options are an effective treatment strategy for TMJ/TMD. However, if this first line therapy option does not eliminate your TMJ/TMD, then a full mouth rehabilitation may be needed to restore damaged and worn down teeth that may be the cause of your joint pain.
Experience relief from chronic pain with effective treatment solutions that are covered by most medical insurance plans. If you are in need of a dentist who treats TMJ/TMD issues, please contact one of our four locations to schedule a one-on-one, complimentary smile evaluation with one of our dentists. You will leave our office with a comprehensive and detailed treatment plan outlining costs and timeline of treatment for your TMJ/TMD.
The Tennessee Family Dental team has a comprehensive and holistic approach to dentistry. Our highly-trained dentists regularly treat patients who suffer from chronic pain that may be associated with your teeth. Most of these procedures are covered by your medical insurance. Schedule now for your free smile consultation.
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